Florence and the Machine – “What The Water Gave Me” & Album News

Florence and the Machine have been working on their follow up album for the past few months and are finally ready to share some news and a new song with us!

For starters, the album has a release date – November 7th. Mark your calendars…. November 7.

Today, they also released a new song called “What The Water Gave Me”. They debuted the song on the second night they played at the Greek Theater in Hollywood. It was such a great show and the studio version far exceeds the live version I heard (mainly because it was a first listen at a live venue).

The video gives us a hint as to what the creative and recording process for the new album was.  It’s quite interesting to see Florence and the Machine at work, creating the songs that will soon captivate our attention and ears. It’s great to see her jumping around and having fun with the writing/recording process.

And the song is epic! Florence has mentioned that the songs in the follow up to Lungs will have more science themes as seen in “What The Water Gave Me” and in “Strangeness And Charm”. The song is stylistically very true to Florence and the Machine – and is quite epic. It’s got many layers and depth. It will take a few listens to fully grasp the complexity of the lyrics and sound.It slightly reminds me of “Heavy In Your Arms” for some reason… not sure why, but I like it.

“What the Water Gave Me” is fantastic! I’m excited for the follow up album!

Concert Review and Video: Adele Live at the Hollywood Palladium on August 17, 2011

It was well worth the half-year wait to see the amazing Adele play to a sold-out crowd at The Palladium in Hollywood last Wednesday night. The show was originally scheduled for June at the Wiltern, but was moved to the Palladium due to great demand for tickets, and was postponed due to a bad case of laryngitis. It was well worth the wait as Adele electrified the audience with her stunning vocals and style.  She proved that her talents are real and that she is the current queen of pop – having the biggest album of the year and one of the hottest tour of the summer.

It was my third time seeing her, and the atmosphere was fantastic. The first time I saw her was at Hotel Cafe in March of 2008, before the US release of 19. It was an intimate setting, with about 150 people. I was sat a few feet away from Adele, and was mesmerized by her vocals and the emotions of her voice. On Wednesday, it was was fantastic and a testament to Adele’s natural talents that she was able to convey the same emotions, connection and intimacy with the roughly 4,000 people at The Palladium.

Adele’s stage presence has dramatically increased as she looked more comfortable on stage. Her on-stage banter is fantastic – she’s got a great sense of humor and wit. Whether through her music or talking on stage, Adele is a brilliant storyteller, tapping into raw emotions and feelings. And of course, that voice that can’t be explained, only experienced.

Here’s video of my favorite moments from the night… Adele doing a cute little dance and special gesture at the end of “Rumor Has It” (bad audio – sorry), a great sing-along in “Chasing Pavements”, going up to the crowd in “Someone Like You”, and a sincere Thank You before “Rolling In The Deep”. What an amazing night!

“Rumor Has It”:

“Chasing Pavements”:

“Someone Like You”:

“Rolling In The Deep”:

Adele is AMAZING!