From the start, the strong appeal of Florence + the Machine has been Florence Welch's inarguably supple and powerful singing voice, so it makes perfect sense that the singer would trade the production of her studio albums for the MTV Unplugged treatment. Which is not to say these songs are all that stripped down: Welch is backed by strings, harp and a 10-person choir, as well as joined by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme for a cover of the June Carter and Johnny Cash duet "Jackson." Welch also belts out a measured version of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness," the original's instrumental build replaced by just simple piano and Welch's arresting voice. Elsewhere, the songs are from Welch's two studio albums, and they all hold up typically well, with her breakout hit "Dog Days Are Over" being an obvious highlight—and an audience clap-along.
Eric Grandy, Google Play