|Released||6 April 2012|
|Recorded||15 December 2011|
Welch said she was "in awe" of the synagogue in which the band played on the stage decorated with candles. She further added, "I had to stop myself after every song. I would be like, 'Wow.' ... It was so amazing performing the songs stripped back and just really being able to concentrate on the songs and the emotions". During the show, Welch told the live audience: "This is a real moment for me and to be doing an 'Unplugged' session is amazing." During an interview with MTV News, she revealed, "It's such a huge thing, and it was so intimate, and I really enjoy doing things stripped back and having the strings and the choir. It was really wonderful ... But what to say in between? I got so bashful. I was so grateful to be there, and I was trying to express that, and it just went into this weird, stilted speech. It ended up with me trying to talk but not saying any words ... Singing is fine. Talking, not so much."
The track listing of the album was announced on 6 March 2012 on Florence and the Machine's official website. The same day it was announced that the album would be available on CD, deluxe CD/DVD and as a digital download. On 9 March, the album was available for pre-order on the band's official website. The CD/DVD ordered from their official website contained an exclusive poster, only available to customers who pre-order the album through the website. On 28 March 2012, a teaser of the album was released on the band's official YouTube channel. The performance of "Cosmic Love" from the show was posted online on MTV UK on 2 April 2012. MTV Unplugged was released physically in the UK on 9 April and in the US on 10 April. It was released through the iTunes Store on 9 April and through all the other digital retailers on 10 April.
Critical reception Edit
MTV Unplugged received mixed to positive reviews by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". AllMusic's James Christopher Monger graded it with two-and-a-half out of five stars, commenting "she's [Welch] come full circle, allowing fans a peek into the bombast while providing the aging, acoustic show with a little defibrillation." He further noted that midtempo songs like "Only If for a Night", "No Light, No Light" and "What the Water Gave Me", "are soulful, spooky, and bold, allowing room for both Welch and her machine to strut their stuff without sounding like a murder of caged crows." Rob Tannenbaum of Rolling Stone gave a positive review for the album saying, "While the harp, violins and choir remain delicate, Welch erupts into wild, simmering high notes, most notably on 'No Light, No Light.' Her singing is stunning; this should be credited to Florence and the Vibrato."
Commercial performance Edit
MTV Unplugged debuted at number twenty-seven on the UK Albums Chart, selling 4,647 copies in its first week.
Track listing Edit
|1.||"Only If for a Night"||
|5.||"Never Let Me Go"||
|6.||"Try a Little Tenderness"||
|7.||"No Light, No Light"||
|8.||"Jackson" (featuring Josh Homme)||
|9.||"What the Water Gave Me"||
|10.||"Dog Days Are Over"||
|11.||"Shake It Out"||
Canadian and US iTunes Store bonus track Edit
|12.||"Shake It Out" (The Weeknd Remix)||5:17|
Canadian and US edition bonus tracks Edit
|14.||"Shake It Out" (Acoustic)||
- ↑ http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/entertainment-us-mtv-unplugged-idUSBRE82S0NP20120330
- ↑ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1682255/florence-and-the-machine-unplugged.jhtml
- ↑ http://www.florenceandthemachine.net/news/18-24/mtv-unplugged-a-live-album/0-6
- ↑ http://www.metacritic.com/music/mtv-unplugged-live
- ↑ http://www.musicweek.com/news/read/official-chart-analysis-weekly-album-sales-plummet-to-record-21st-century-low-adele-back-at-no1/048591