Florence + The Machine Delivers A Perfect Cover Of Tori Amos’ “Cornflake Girl”

Mike Wass | September 19, 2018 2:08 pm
Florence + The Machine Live In LA
We review the pop icon's performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA.

Magic happens when indie-pop goddesses collide. Florence + The Machine is the latest act to sign up for a Spotify Singles session and, as expected, they performed an acoustic version of one of their own songs (a sublime rendition of “Hunger”) as well as a cover. And the divine Ms. Welch chose the perfect song. The Brit pays tribute to another flame-haired queen by tackling Tori Amos’ “Cornflake Girl.” As a general rule, this is one of those seminal anthems that should never be touched, but Florence does it proud.

Not only is her cover thrillingly faithful to the original, it also teases out the track’s wonderfully obscure lyrics (Tori was inspired to write the song after reading about female genital mutilation in Africa) and overarching theme of betrayal in a way that is both subtle and chilling. Florence + The Machine’s High As Hope Tour hits North America on September 22. For some idea of the bliss that awaits, listen to the band’s Spotify singles below. They were both recorded at London’s RAK studios.

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