Florence + The Machine released High As Hope, the band’s fourth full-length album, a little over a month ago, but I’ve already listened to it at least one hundred times. (This may be an exaggeration, but only slightly.) It is incredibly difficult, in the year 2018, to create a body of work by this title without begging the question, “Have you been paying attention?” But a careful listen to the album’s lyrics reveal that songwriter and vocalist Florence Welch has—deftly weaving together the personal and the political to create what is arguably her most honest, raw, and vulnerable release to date.Continue 》
Let me start off by saying I don’t actually know Taylor Swift on a personal level. Granted, by sheer luck (or misfortune, depending on how you look at it), I have found myself within one or two degrees of separation from her by a) living in the Nashville metro area for four years, and b) inadvertently befriending several folks who do know her. Well, knew her I suppose, back when she was more #solo and less #squad. Thus, I’ve heard, maybe more than most, a somewhat absurd number of reasons why I should hate her.
“She’s stuck up.”
“She’s so fake.”
“She hardly writes any of her songs.”Continue 》