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Florence + the Machine, ‘Shake It Out’ – Song Review

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Florence is right — “it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back,” and the latest Florence + the Machine single, ‘Shake it Out,’ will make you want to sway without restraint.

Just like the band’s triumphant ‘Dog Days Are Over,’ ‘Shake It Out’ is vocally powerful and emotionally inspiring, and is one of those tracks you’ll be blasting while you’re all alone in your car trying to get away, or just cleaning the house.

We especially love this single’s profound lyrics, like this verse, for example:

“I am done with my graceless heart / So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart / Cause I like to keep my issues strong / It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

While admittedly, ‘Shake It Out’ isn’t nearly as catchy as the band’s first chart-topper, nor is it as inviting to sing along to, we’d still say F+M is destined for another hit. Plus, it’s a nice contrast to their previous hit, the ethereal ‘What the Water Gave Me.’

‘Shake It Out’ just hit UK radio, and we think it’ll hold strong enough to promote the upcoming Machine record, ‘Ceremonials,’ which is slated to hit on Oct. 31 in the UK, Nov. 1 in the States. However, next we’d like to see what even bigger guns the new album has.


Listen to Florence + the Machine, ‘Shake It Out’

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