Wow, Florence Welch really lets her inner banshee loose on her Great Gatsby contribution, Over The Love. Okay, well strictly speaking the song is by Florence + The Machine, but still, it's that piercing voice that really steals the first half of this show. From the quiet and broody midrange that opens the song, to the effortless highs that punctuates the chorus, this is Ms.Welch doing what she does best: giving us drama and theatre, all with that stunning instrument of hers.
The "Machine" does get more vocal as the song progresses; building to a chaotic and breathtaking crescendo at the climax, as it joins its front woman up in the musical stratosphere. But it's a fleeting union, because as quickly as the two take up their embrace they drift apart, leaving us with only a choir of Florences to ease the comedown.
Hearing this beauty makes me sad for Florence + The Machine's upcoming break from music.They sure have earned it though, having been releasing and touring since their début in 2007! On the plus side, I'm seeing them at the end of the month at the Chime For Change Concert, so I'll be double sure to treasure and store that experience for those lean Florence-less months up ahead! God only knows how you guys are going to cope!!