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Inside Florence Welch there’s a club diva trying to get out. Tonight her sequinned disco cape makes her look like she’s just beamed in from planet Paradise Garage. And check the pounding drumbeat that underpins many of her ballads, for example kooky opener ‘Only If For A Night’ – which seems to suggest her ‘new Kate Bush’ tag means Kate after Utah Saints got hold of her.
Songs like ‘Between Two Lungs’ and ‘Shake It Out’ may be better suited to the afterparty than the club, but you can’t doubt the hardcoreness of a woman in a battle-armoured ballet outfit bemoaning the heavy weekend she’s just had. Welch is surely one of the first and best post-house vocalists, one who can both soften the edges of The Source’s classic ‘You Got the Love’ and invest the electro-pounding ‘Spectrum’ with a furious 3am vitality.
Twenty years ago she would either have been shrieking over a rave PA in a community centre in Dumfries or she would have been Whitney Houston. Either way, you want her at your party.