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Florence + The Machine|MTV Presents Unplugged: Florence + The Machine (MTV Unplugged, 2012)

MTV Presents Unplugged: Florence + The Machine (MTV Unplugged, 2012)

Florence + The Machine

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2011's Ceremonials, which found Florence + the Machine expanding on their already expansive sound, helped to further propel the ghostly Brit into the spotlight, and on MTV Unplugged, she's come full circle, allowing fans a peek into the bombast while providing the aging, acoustic show with a little defibrillation. It's all well and good, with a solid set list that includes favorites from both records along with a pair of oddball covers, but Florence Welch's stadium-sized persona fights for air within the gothic confines of New York City's historic Angel Orensanz synagogue. You can really feel her holding back on reliable show stoppers like "Dog Days are Over," "Cosmic Love," and "Shake It Out," which is kind of the point for an unplugged session, but Welch's greatest strength is her ability to go from heartbreak to goose bumps without a bead of perspiration, and this well-played, technically sound set suffers a bit for its absence. That said, midtempo tracks like "Only If for a Night," "No Light, No Light," and "What the Water Gave Me," the latter of which finds Welch in full control of the room by the song's second half, are soulful, spooky, and bold, allowing room for both Welch and her machine to strut their stuff without sounding like a murder of caged crows.

© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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MTV Presents Unplugged: Florence + The Machine (MTV Unplugged, 2012)

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1
Only If For A Night (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:05:05

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Epworth, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Drumming Song (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:04:43

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Crispin Hunt, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Cosmic Love (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:05:09

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Isabella Summers, ComposerLyricist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Breaking Down (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:03:18

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Ford, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Never Let Me Go (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:04:33

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Epworth, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hull, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Try A Little Tenderness (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:03:03

Jimmy Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Reg Connelly, ComposerLyricist - Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Harry M. Woods, ComposerLyricist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
No Light, No Light (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:04:12

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Isabella Summers, ComposerLyricist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Jackson (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:03:26

Josh Homme, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jerry Leiber, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BILLY EDD WHEELER, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2011 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
What The Water Gave Me (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:04:55

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis White, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

10
Dog Days Are Over (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:04:34

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Isabella Summers, ComposerLyricist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

11
Shake It Out (MTV Unplugged, 2012)
00:04:40

Mark Saunders, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Brauer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Epworth, ComposerLyricist - Florence + The Machine, MainArtist - Florence Welch, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Lloyd Hayden, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rusty Bradshaw, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Ackroyd, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Monger, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Album review

2011's Ceremonials, which found Florence + the Machine expanding on their already expansive sound, helped to further propel the ghostly Brit into the spotlight, and on MTV Unplugged, she's come full circle, allowing fans a peek into the bombast while providing the aging, acoustic show with a little defibrillation. It's all well and good, with a solid set list that includes favorites from both records along with a pair of oddball covers, but Florence Welch's stadium-sized persona fights for air within the gothic confines of New York City's historic Angel Orensanz synagogue. You can really feel her holding back on reliable show stoppers like "Dog Days are Over," "Cosmic Love," and "Shake It Out," which is kind of the point for an unplugged session, but Welch's greatest strength is her ability to go from heartbreak to goose bumps without a bead of perspiration, and this well-played, technically sound set suffers a bit for its absence. That said, midtempo tracks like "Only If for a Night," "No Light, No Light," and "What the Water Gave Me," the latter of which finds Welch in full control of the room by the song's second half, are soulful, spooky, and bold, allowing room for both Welch and her machine to strut their stuff without sounding like a murder of caged crows.

© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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