Florence + The Machine’s Florence Welch Talks Patti Smith Tribute, Sobriety & Feeling ‘Free’ While Making New Album

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By Heran Mama

Original Source: billboard.com

“Free” is how Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine felt after writing High as Hope, the group’s fourth studio album, set to be released Friday. She doesn’t feel the pain she endured while making their last studio album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Welch stopped by the SiriusXM studios to promote the album, which she clarifies is not simply a sobriety record.

“I haven’t drank for a while now, it’s been like four years, so for me it’s kind of, it’s more normal now,” Welch told SiriusXM host Jenny Eliscu. “Putting How Big, How Blue together, I was a mess, making every song was painful. It was all so painful, I was heartbroken, couldn’t figure out my stuff with booze. [High as Hope] was so free, and I don’t think, because I had not been drinking for a while, so it’s almost I wouldn’t say this was a sobriety record, but it really comes from a place of even getting underneath that because when you put the…click here to continue reading

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