Ceremonials is the second studio album by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine, released on 28 October 2011 by Island Records. The band started working on the album in 2010 and finished it in 2011. All of the songs on the album were produced by Paul Epworth, who also worked prominently on the band's debut album Lungs (2009).
The album received acclaim from music critics, who drew comparisons to artists such as Kate Bush, while also praising the instrumentation, Welch's vocals and the production of the songs. As a critical success, it appeared on several year-end critics' lists in late 2011. Ceremonials debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, becoming the band's second consecutive number-one album in the UK. It also debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart and peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. English novelist Emma Forrest contributed an essay to the album, which can be found in the booklet of the CD edition.
To date, five singles have been released from Ceremonials. "What the Water Gave Me" was released on 23 August 2011 as a teaser for the album, along with a music video. "Shake It Out" was released on 30 September 2011 as the album's official lead single, becoming one of the band's most commercially successful singles to date. "No Light, No Light" was released on 16 January 2012 as the second official single from the album and "Never Let Me Go" was released on 2 April 2012. "Spectrum" was released on 8 July 2012 and became Florence and the Machine's first number-one single in the UK. Ceremonials was also promoted by the band by a worldwide tour, Ceremonials Tour (2011-12).
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