How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful


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Our take

by Angus

Whilst on the surface it appears a less ambitious album than their first two, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful feels less weighed down by opaque imagery and self–serious lyricism. Instead, it opts for unadorned folk rock arrangements and simple production, a decision that allows Florence Welch’s reverberant mezzo soprano to shine as it should.

‘What Kind Of Man’ delivers a ‘Tusk’–era Stevie Nicks–style stomp, whilst the five and a half minute title track aims for the moon and scores a direct hit, its horn crescendo delivering an early album gut punch that stands as one of the group’s most grandiose compositions.

The vitals

A small preview from Spotify

Released: 2015
Genre: Folk / Rock
Label: Island

Condition: New
Format: 2 x Vinyl LP
Speed: 33 1/3 RPM


1. "Ship to Wreck" (3:54)
2. "What Kind of Man" (3:36)
3. "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" (5:34)
4. "Queen of Peace" (5:07)
5. "Various Storms & Saints" (4:09)
6. "Delilah" (4:53)
7. "Long & Lost" (3:15)
8. "Caught" (4:24)
9. "Third Eye" (4:20)
10. "St. Jude" (3:45)
11. "Mother" (5:49)

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