[artist id="3081382"]Florence Welch[/artist] circled the globe in support of [article id="1630293"]Lungs,[/article] the breakout debut that transformed her from an unknown Brit into an [article id="1647698"]internationally famous performer[/article], a fashion icon and a rather unwilling superstar.
Of course, along the way, she also managed to pick up a few souvenirs.
"I have some chainmail at home; it's a good look," she laughed. "We got a sword as well, when we were in Glasgow once. There was a sign in a store that said 'Sword Sale, 30 Percent Off.' How could you resist? It was a sale."
We mention all that not because the image of Welch clutching a broadsword is sort of amazing, but to point out the whirlwind two years that followed Lungs' release — and the fact that they were actually tame in comparison to the four years that preceded it. Welch recorded her debut whenever — and wherever — she could, working with a handful of different producers in fits and starts. The reason was largely economic, of course, a problem she didn't face with the follow-up, Ceremonials, out in the U.S. on Tuesday. So when she finally wrapped up promotion behind her first album, she knew exactly where she wanted to record her new one — and who she wanted to do it with.
"The first album, what I learned, for better or for worse, it was done over from the ages of 17-22, with a couple of different producers. Some of it was recorded in an old swimming pool, some of it was recorded in a synagogue — it kind of was all over the place," Welch told MTV News. "And that made it the record it is, but for this one, I was very clear in the idea that I had of wanting to make something that sounded like a whole; so it had to be one producer, one place, one period of time to make it a body of work."
Produced entirely by Paul Epworth (whose work on Adele's 21 is probably playing on a radio near you right now), [article id="1672740"]Welch and the Machine crafted an album[/article] that, though all over the place lyrically, is unified by one common theme: an all-encompassing, soul-engorging enormity — one that's large enough to give even Welch pause.
"They're all pretty big," she laughed. "They all came out quite big. I was slightly worried, because I was like, 'All the sounds are enormous on this record.' "
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