Saturday, October 01, 2011

Florence Gets The Benny Benassi Treatment

"Lungs" was one of my favourite albums of 2009 and kept me company well into 2010. But somewhere towards the end of last year I began to suffer Florence-fatigue. Her transformation from the Benjamin Buttons of indie-pop to the dolled-up hitmaker of today was disconcerting and I began to suspect she was a bit of a one-trick pony when the dreary and predictable "What The Water Gave Me" dropped a couple of months ago. Happily, "Shake It Out" restored my faith. The organs and tambourines give it an unexpected gospel sound and the lyrics kill me. I'm tempted to get this couplet tattooed on my forehead as a constant reminder to wise the fuck up:

I am done with my graceless heart,
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart

So what do you do with a beautiful spiritual hymn that sinks like a stone on iTunes? Call Benny Benassi and ask him to jazz it up with a dance remix for radio. This sounds like a very bad idea for so many reasons but it works. I'm not too proud to admit that I love Benny's version. It's more palatable to non-depressed/damaged listeners and the superstar DJ's killer beats are going to tear up dancefloors around the globe. All of a sudden, the second coming of Florence fills me with joy. May she continue to sell out at every possible opportunity!


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Diva Incarnate said...

I did love when someone asked me if I wanted to see a Kate Bush tribute act and I replied "Florence and the Machine?"

She is sha-hight.

The Prophet said...

The Weeknd remix is WAY better than this one.

And "What the Water Gave Me" isn't predictable. It's way better than "Shake It Out", which I find myself liking less and less as time goes on. "Shake It Out" sounds a bit too much like the label just told her to make another "Dog Days" type crossover pop hit. The lyrics are really good but overall the song is fairly original. "Water" is better lyrically and musically, but I understand why it was only a a buzz single and not the lead.

I don't think Florence is a complete sell-out. I think she's half/half, like Adele. She had a successful debut and now she's trying to take it to the next level like Adele did, so she's doing a lot more mainstream crossover stuff now than before, but still with her own vibe to it.

The Music Messiah said...

Wait, did you just say "Water" is predictable? You've just lost points for that!

"Water" is better than most singles released this year and Florence will be much more successful this time around.

I admit that I was not a fan of hers, but her music has grown onto me and I find her far more interesting than Adele(musically and performance-wise)

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