What Kind of Man (Florence and the Machine song)

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"What Kind of Man"
Florence and the Machine - What Kind of Man.png
12" single cover
Single by Florence and the Machine
from the album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
B-side "As Far as I Could Get"
Released 12 February 2015 (2015-02-12)
Format
Recorded The Pool
(London, England)
Genre
Length 3:36
Label Island
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"Lover to Lover"
(2012)
"What Kind of Man"
(2015)
"Ship to Wreck"
(2015)

"Lover to Lover"
(2012)
"What Kind of Man"
(2015)
"Ship to Wreck"
(2015)
Music video
"What Kind of Man" on YouTube

"What Kind of Man" 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 written by Florence Welch, Kid Harpoon and John Hill, produced by Markus Dravs and co-produced by Hill. The song was released on 12 February 2015 as the album's lead single. "What Kind of Man" received Grammy Award nominations for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song.

Composition[edit]

According to lead vocalist Florence Welch, the song represents a new guitar-driven sonic direction for the band. "It's got very loud guitars and that was very fun to record actually", she said in an interview. "Trying to get exactly the right tone of guitar—I never realised how complicated that is. It took us forever.... Every day there'd be a different guitar sound. We ended up layering with three different guitar sounds, one on top of the other, in order to create this one song."[3]

The song builds slowly and breaks into a heavy beat with tambourine and bass drum, and then becomes a textured pop song with heavy brass arrangements.[4] The song lyrically focuses on an indecisive man who wronged Welch.[4][5]

Critical reception[edit]

"What Kind of Man" received acclaim from music critics. Al Horner of the NME wrote, "Musically, it's big. Wagnerian backing vocals and horn blasts turn 'What Kind Of Man' into a spectacle worthy of [Welch's] new festival headliner status".[6] Dee Lockett of Vulture dubbed it a "fiery rocker".[5] Andrew Unterberger of Spin opined that the song "starts off a letdown, but quickly proves to be ['Ship to Wreck''s] roaring equal, with the unexpected arrival of a thick guitar chop and regal horn salute that gives Florence the instrumental support she deserves as she excoriates an uncommitted significant other".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

"What Kind of Man" debuted at number 57 on the UK Singles Chart,[8] peaking at number 37 the following week.[9] In the United States, the song reached number eight on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, tying with the band's 2010 single "Dog Days Are Over" and subsequent single "Ship to Wreck" as their highest-peaking single on that chart.[10] As of July 2018 in United Kingdom song has reached 177,000 sold copies and 11,2 million streams. [11]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "What Kind of Man" was directed by Vincent Haycock and choreographed by Ryan Heffington. It premiered on 12 February 2015.[12] The video is a short film that includes dialogue about the unifying power of tragedy in a relationship between a couple as they drive down a country road. Scenes of the couple driving at various points in their relationship are interspersed with examples of the woman and her relationships with different men, often taking on a smothering quality. The woman later is the centre of religious rituals that involve her being lifted by several men, including her love interest played by Richie Stephens, speaking in tongues, baptism and exorcism.

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download – Nicolas Jaar Remix[13]
  1. "What Kind of Man" (Nicolas Jaar Remix) – 12:21
A. "What Kind of Man"
B. "As Far as I Could Get"

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.[15]

Florence and the Machine
  • Florence Welch – vocals, backing vocals, songwriting
  • Rob Ackroyd – electric guitar
  • Chris Hayden – drums, percussion
  • Mark Saunders – bass
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Canada 12 February 2015 Digital download Island [35]
United States [36]
United Kingdom 2 March 2015 Contemporary hit radio [37]
Various 11 March 2015 Digital download – Nicolas Jaar Remix [13][38][39]
Canada 15 March 2015 [40]
United States [41]
United Kingdom 13 April 2015 12" single (Record Store Day exclusive) [42]
United States 18 April 2015 Republic [14]

References[edit]

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