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"Ship to Wreck" is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine from their third studio album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (2015). It was released on 9 April 2015 as the album's second single. The track premiered on Huw Stephens' show on BBC Radio 1 on 8 April 2015 and the accompanying music video was released on 13 April, following the narrative of band's previous two videos of "What Kind of Man" and "St. Jude".

"Ship to Wreck"
Florence and the Machine - Ship to Wreck.png
Single by Florence and the Machine
from the album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Released9 April 2015 (2015-04-09)
FormatDigital download
StudioThe Pool (London)
Genre
Length3:54
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"What Kind of Man"
(2015)
"Ship to Wreck"
(2015)
"Queen of Peace"
(2015)
Music video
"Ship to Wreck" on YouTube

"Ship to Wreck" was met with critical acclaim, with critics praising frontwoman Florence Welch's vocals, as well as the song's production. The song received nominations for Best Rock Video at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

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CompositionEdit

"Ship to Wreck" is a folk rock,[1] pop rock,[2] and soft rock[3] song that carries an "upbeat, bouncy sound", in contrast to the lyrics, which speak of self-destructive behaviour.[4] The song almost did not make the cut for How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, as producer Markus Dravs had disallowed Welch to write more songs about water, a recurring theme in the band's previous album, Ceremonials (2011), but she managed to include it.[5] In a press release, Welch explained the meaning behind the song, saying: "I was thinking about my own self destructive side, and how you can make something only to tear it down, enjoy/destroy, create/devastate etc. When you're in that whirlwind, you often end up breaking the thing you love the most."[6]

Critical receptionEdit

Jason Lipshutz of Billboard included "Ship to Wreck" on its "Top 10 Songs of 2015 (So Far)" list in June 2015, stating, "Florence Welch may have reached a new peak with third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful—she's certainly never been more effective as a live performer, and "Ship To Wreck" demonstrates that she's still growing as a pop songwriter. Everything comes together for Florence + The Machine on their latest single, as Welch's voice coils around the slender arrangement and squeezes hard on the chorus."[7] Rolling Stone ranked "Ship to Wreck" at number 26 on its list of the 50 Best Songs of 2015.[8] The song also reached number 40 on the annual Triple J Hottest 100 for 2015.[9]

Commercial performanceEdit

As of July 2018, "Ship to Wreck" had shifted 279,000 units in the United Kingdom, including 17 million streams, and counting.[10]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.[11]

RecordingEdit

  • Engineered at The Pool (London)
  • Mixed at The Mixsuite (UK)
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York City)

PersonnelEdit

Florence and the Machine

  • Florence Welch – vocals, backing vocals
  • Chris Hayden – drums, percussion
  • Rob Ackroyd – electric guitar

Additional personnel

  • Markus Dravs – production, glockenspiel
  • Kid Harpoon – production, drums, percussion, bass, electric guitar, CP70 synth
  • Robin Baynton – engineering
  • Jonathan Sagis – engineering assistance
  • Iain Berryman – engineering assistance
  • Leo Abrahams – acoustic guitar
  • James Hallawell – Hammond organ
  • Janelle Martin – backing vocals
  • Nim Miller – backing vocals
  • Baby N'Sola – backing vocals
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Geoff Swan – mixing assistance
  • Ted Jensen – mastering

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Canada 9 April 2015 Digital download Island [32]
United States [33]
United Kingdom 26 April 2015 Contemporary hit radio [34]
United States 19 May 2015 Alternative radio Republic [35]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Spanos, Brittany (8 April 2015). "Florence + the Machine Build a 'Ship to Wreck' in New Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  5. ^ Cooper, Leonie. "Florence Welch reveals 'chaotic' year and 'nervous breakdown' behind new album". NME. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  6. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (8 April 2015). "Florence and the Machine Share "Ship to Wreck"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  7. ^ Lipshutz, Jason. "Top 10 Songs of 2015 (So Far)"". Billboard. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  8. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2015". Rolling Stone. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  9. ^ "1–100 List | Hottest 100 2015". Triple J. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  10. ^ Bloodworth, Adam (2 July 2018). "Florence and the Machine's Official Top 10 biggest UK singles revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
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