I'm not a big rules guy, but I am a firm believer in Christmas music having its proper time and place. I'm not anti-Christmas music by any means, I just am not trying to hear "Jingle Bell Rock" in early November unless I'm watching Home Alone (which transcends seasons).
Two nights ago (a completely appropriate time for Christmas music), at The Stars Come Out to Sing at Christmas, a benefit concert for U.K. music-therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, Florence Welch was one of the many artists to perform in an event that's raised over $400,000 and counting.
During her set, Florence sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and per usual knocked out of the goT damn park with her perfect pipes. She's so angelic that she belongs on top of the tree.
It's well documented that I love all things Florence, but if you want to start calling out her flaws...a lack of Christmas recordings is certainly close to the top of the list. She can clearly sing anything in any genre, so now that the cat's out of Santa's sack, it's time for her to do the right thing and drop an entire Christmas album. I'm somewhat surprised she hasn't already given her vocal range and projects away from + the machine.
I know she's more spiritual than religious, but I'm almost positive one of my favorite FATM songs "You've Got the Love" is about JC and I'm not talking Chasez. Maybe savior was a metaphor for her lover? Maybe she was just too busy selling out arenas around the world with + the machine to find the time to record some more Christmas covers? Maybe its too much of a "my career is over" move? I'm not sure, I'm not Florence. All I know is after hearing this I need more. This was the free nug to get you hooked, now I'm itching for a brick of Christmas Florence. Luckily, there's at least one more documented Florence (+ the machine) Christmas song.
Completely unrelated, but here's another Christmas song by one of my favorite acts in the music game.