The Spinners

♪ Dog Days Are Over (Florence + The Machine, 2009) ♪

In Ayn Marie Dimaya, British, Indie Pop, Richard Bolisay, Soul, Track Reviews on January 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

Someday, happiness will just hit you.

Suddenly, out of the blue and against your will. You have to sing. You have to shout. You clap your hands and dance and run around like a confused chicken. For those few minutes, life is unflinchingly, unabashedly perfect. Leave all your love and your longing behind / You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive. And so with merciless exuberance, this song drags you up and down, through its crescendos and in-betweens, that by the time it reaches its unavoidable end, you’re gasping for breath and reaching out to press the repeat button.

– Ayn Marie Dimaya

It’s like a tornado coming straight in front of you. Whirling, it carries you along, from the calm start to the frenzied middle up to the stunning end. Florence sings, Happiness hit her like a train on a track, and her is you—hitting you on the nose, delivering you amid the hypnotic claps, the crazy percussion, the summoning voice of Florence, and all the instrumentation that dances along the build-up—reaching a glorious close that feels more like an affirmation of things to come than a permanent halt. True enough, the coast is never clear; the pounding remains in your heart. The horses, indeed, are coming. This is pop bliss at its finest.

– Richard Bolisay

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