"Shake It Out" is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine, released as the first official single from their second studio album Ceremonials (2011). It was written by Florence Welch, Paul Epworth and Kid Harpoon, while production was handled by Epworth. The song was digitally released in Australia on 14 September 2011, and it was available in the United States on 19 October. It had its radio debut on XFM on 14 September 2011 in the United Kingdom. Welch revealed that the song was written within an hour and according to her it talked about shaking the regrets and the things that were haunting her.
"Shake It Out" is a baroque pop and art rock song with soul and gospel elements which contains organs, bells and tambourines as its main instrumentation. The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics who praised Welch 's vocals and its anthemic nature. An accompanying music video for the song premiered on 19 October 2011 and it was directed by Dawn Shadforth. It showed Welch attending an old party in England, evoking references to Eyes Wide Shut. It received acclaim from critics who praised its imagery and compared it to videos by Annie Lennox and Madonna. "Shake It Out" was nominated in the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. File Hashes
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