“Never Let Me Go" was released as the third single from Ceremonials on March 30, 2012. The band first premiered the song during a concert at Brooklyn's Creators Project in October 2011. Musically, "Never Let Me Go" is a downtempo baroque pop and R&B ballad in the key of A major completed with piano and drums while backing vocals repeatedly sing "never let me go" throughout the song. Many critics noted similarities between the song's composition and materials by other artists including Enya, Evanescence and Ryan Tedder-produced songs. The song received acclaim by critics who praised Florence’s vocals and its balladry nature. Talking about the track, Florence said: “The gospel thing comes from my obsession with hymns. I’m drawn to anything that has a hymnal quality, be it spiritualized or dusty old albums by Georgian choirs.”
An accompanying music video for the song was released online on March 8, 2012. In it, actor Jamie Campbell Bower, plays Florence’s love interest. The video features the pair together skating and shots of a dirty water trickling down Florence’s face and hands are shown. Upon its release, critics praised Welch's gothic look and the video's dark atmosphere. "Never Let Me Go" debuted at number 135 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending April 7, 2012, peaking at number eighty-two the following week, making it their second lowest-charting single to date at the time. The song entered the Australian Singles Chart at number nineteen and peaked three weeks later at number three, earning the band their highest-charting single at the time in the country. It also charted in Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Scotland and US Rock Digital Songs chart where it peaked at #18.
“Never Let Me Go” was fighting to either get it or stay in the top 10 the entire time. It hovered for a while in the high teens but the last few entries secured its place at #9. My condolences to Glove Slap .
my top 10 songs of the week: 1) Road To Joy - Peter Gabriel 2) Your Side Of Town - The Killers 3) Barbaric - Blur 4) Summer Of Luv - Portugal The Man 5) I Loved You For So Long - Aces 6) Pull Me Through - Royal Blood 7) Dance The Night - Dua Lipa 8) I Will Never Stop Loving You - Dandy Warhols (w/ Debbie Harry) 9) Just The Once - Metric 10)Luna - Roosevelt
"You've Got the Love" is a cover of the 1986 Candi Staton classic “You Got the Love” which was released as the fifth single from Lungs. It was first released on December 1, 2008 as the B-side to their second single "Dog Days Are Over". It was then later released as a digital download only single on January 5, 2009 in the United Kingdom only, after the mass praise it received during the release of "Dog Days Are Over". After being released well before Lungs was finally recorded and released, it was later featured on the album as its bonus track.
The single was given a re-release on physical format on November 16, 2009 in the United Kingdom. A music video was shot for the reissue. “You’ve Got the Love” had a long history of entering and re-entering the UK Singles chart due to the various releases, but it ultimately peaked at #5 in January 2010 and became the band’s first top 10 single on the chart. The song also charted in eleven other countries around the world including US Alternative Songs, US Rock Songs and US Adult Alternative Songs peaking at #34, #42, and #21, respectively. Florence explained her inspiration behind covering "one of her favourite songs ever":
“As a kid, going to clubs and raves, this song made me feel love. At Bestival last year we were top of the bill on that stage, so we were thinking of an amazing cover we could do, and I thought of Candi Staton. Even in rehearsals, playing it was just the most euphoric feeling. Then playing it live and seeing everyone's arms in the air, and the faces – it was the best feeling ever! I was dressed as a genie sea-monster, and I remember looking at my guitarist as we played the first chords, and then there was the reaction and it was like tearing ourselves open and just exploding on the crowd, and then all did it back. It's a feeling you couldn't express. I'm really excited that now in our live shows I'm going to be playing one of my favourite songs ever, loads.”
Surprisingly, no one ranked this #1 which probably contributes to why its not in the top 5 where it had spent a considerable amount of time. It does have five #2 rankings though but also a ranking of #41 – congrats Linnethia Monique for clearing your bottom 5.
“Cosmic Love" was the sixth and final single released from Lungs on July 5, 2010. The song was critically acclaimed, with many critics calling it the best song on the album and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It’s a dramatic song about falling in love with someone who seems not to return it, only to realize the truth after giving up. The song was used in an emotional scene on British soap-opera Coronation Street in May 2018, in which the character Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward) takes his own life.
Florence told The Sunday Times that it's a song about how being in love means "you give yourself up to the dark, to being blind".
Florence elaborated on the writing of the song:
'Cosmic Love' was a joke title, but it stuck. The most hungover I’ve ever been when writing a song. I went to [Isabella Summers's] studio after having been to a party, and I was lying on the floor wanting to vomit. We were working really hard on a song and just trying to make this sh*t piano part work, and all of a sudden I hit on one note, and I’d got it. We wrote the whole song in ten minutes.’
"Cosmic Love" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 162 on June 26, 2010 before climbing to number 116 the following week. On July 11, 2010, following the physical release of the single, it rocketed into the Top 100 to it’s peak at number 51. The song also charted in Scotland, Poland, Ireland and Belgium.
“Cosmic Love” was another song to consistently fight for a top 10 spot. It received only four rankings below #20 – none in the bottom 5 – but also three #1 rankings which secured its spot within the top 10. Sorry for your losses peacebone , Mirago and snarks.
“What Kind of Man" was released on February 12, 2015 as the lead single from How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and was premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe. The song draws on the frantic rock of their debut album Lungs and the soul sound of Ceremonials, complete with scornful vocals from Florence. According to Florence, the song represents a new guitar-driven sonic direction for the band. "It's got very loud guitars and that was very fun to record actually", she said in an interview. "Trying to get exactly the right tone of guitar — I never realised how complicated that is. It took us forever.... Every day there'd be a different guitar sound. We ended up layering with three different guitar sounds, one on top of the other, in order to create this one song.” The song builds slowly and breaks into a heavy beat with tambourine and bass drum, and then becomes a textured pop song with heavy brass arrangements. The song lyrically focuses on an indecisive man who wronged Florence. A few hours after the single’s debut, the (NSFW) music video was released. It is part 1 of The Odyssey as directed by Vincent Haycock. Scenes of the couple driving at various points in their relationship are interspersed with examples of the woman and her relationships with different men, often taking on a smothering quality. The woman later is the center of religious rituals that involve her being lifted by several men, including her love interest played by Richie Stephens, speaking in tongues, baptism and exorcism.
"What Kind of Man" debuted at number 57 on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number 37 the following week. In the US, the song reached #8 on the Alternative Songs chart, tying with the "Dog Days Are Over" and subsequent single "Ship to Wreck" as their highest-peaking single on that chart. It also peaked at #7 on US Hot Rock Songs, #88 on the Hot 100 and #1 on US Adult Alternative Songs, and charted in eleven other countries. "What Kind of Man" received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.
“What Kind of Man” spent all of its time within the top 10. In fact, most of the time it was in the top 5 but it fell to #6 after the last 5 submissions. In other words, you can blame Leo ✔ and peacebone for its fall to #6 – they now clear the bottom 5s (Believe it or not - one bottom 5 ranking is still to come). @carseatlegrest meanwhile, loses his #1.
“What the Water Gave Me" was released on August 23, 2011 as the first promotional single from Ceremonials. After the band performed the song in Berkeley, California, on June 12, 2011, the studio version premiered on Florence and the Machine's official website. Florence decided to name the song "What the Water Gave Me" after seeing the Frida Kahlo painting “Lo que el agua me dio” (translated to What the Water Gave Me). During an interview, she confirmed that the song was inspired by English writer Virginia Woolf, as she thought about Woolf’s suicide by drowning when visiting a country house where Woolf frequently encountered other writers, artists and philosophers. She also told NME that she was singing about water becoming a deity that must be appeased.
"What the Water Gave Me" is a pop, pop rock and soul song that incorporates several instruments into its composition, most notably harps and guitar. The accompanying music video for the song was filmed at Abbey Road Studios and it showed the band recording and singing the song. “What the Water Gave Me” peaked at #24 on the UK Singles chart, #91 on the US Hot 100, #29 on US Alternative Songs, #34 on US Hot Rock Songs, and also charted in 6 other countries.
“What the Water Gave Me” spent a small amount of time outside the top 10 but fought an uphill battle all the way until it ended up at #5. It received only 6 rankings below #20 and a whopping twelve top 10 rankings, including a #1 - singingrulebritannia my condolences.
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