Saturday, August 27, 2011
Florence + the Machine – What the Water Gave Me
The new Florence + the Machine single, What the Water Gave Me was released earlier this week. The complete album will be released in November.
With a title taken from a Frida Kahlo painting and a lyric referencing Virginia Woolf, it's a lofty premise for a pop song – Welch mixing images of suicide with declarations of undying love over fluttering harp and robust guitar.
Co-written by Francis White, whose past credits include Adele's Chasing Pavements and Will Young's Leave Right Now, it also has enough melody to stop it from collapsing under the weight of its own drama. This delicate balance gives the song its edge. [Michael Cragg - guardian.co.uk ]