Florence and the Machine is maybe the only band that can accept "soundtrackcore" as a compliment without a hint of backhand to go with it. Think of "Dog Days Are Over" or "You've Got the Love" and a handful of pivotal, empowering sequences from popular movies, commercials, or television montages pop up — even if the songs didn't actually serve as the backing track for them. If it's a euphoric moment, one that requires a dance break in public or a driving-with-the-windows-down kind of scene, it's easy to assume the striking, strong voice of Welch, tight vibrato and indestructible belt and all, will go with it.
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It's been a proper minute since the flame-haired siren stepped up to the mic, with the forthcoming How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful dropping four years after the Machine's last album, 2011's Ceremonials. With a full festival schedule ahead of her this summer and new feel-good anthems for the peddling, Saturday Night Live was more or less the mainstream debut of Welch's latest material — and it's good to see that a little time off spent in the studio didn't lead to a dramatic shift, but a deeper dive into the stockpile of positive vibes that's shaped her way to success.More »