ACL Fest 2015 Sunday Record Reviews – Second Weekend

Florence + the Machine

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island)

ACL Fest 2015 Sunday Record Reviews – Second Weekend

We've seen the optimistic Florence Welch. The UK drama queen's need-no-man approach is documented on singles "Kiss With a Fist" and "Dog Days Are Over," focusing positivity on the aftermath of heartbreak. Third LP How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful dispenses with that ethos, embracing the raging/wallowing period that's delivered through biblical and Greek mythological references, and Welch's charged pipes. "Delilah" employs a wailing Welch waiting for a phone call, while the belted "Queen of Peace" proves she's anything but. Sometimes we need to let it all hang out. (8:30pm, Samsung stage)


  • ACL Fest 2015 Sunday Record Reviews – Second Weekend

    Two last platters for ACL Fest 2015
  • Spirit Family Reunion

    Hands Together

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Florence + the Machine
ACL Live Shot: Florence + the Machine
Florence + the Machine
Zilker Park, Oct. 12

Melanie Haupt, Oct. 19, 2012

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Teenage Cavegirl
Candy Cigarettes (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, July 5, 2019

Texas Platters
Hector Ward & the Big Time
Smile Into Life (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, July 5, 2019

More by Abby Johnston
Texas Platters
Bill Callahan
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest (Record Review)

June 14, 2019

Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
Our Music Critics Pick Their Top 10 Austin Albums of 2018
80 local picks from Molly Burch to Brownout

Dec. 28, 2018


Florence + the Machine, ACL Fest 2015

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle