The fifth album from Florence Welch began recording just days before pandemic-induced lockdowns swept the world. Inspired by a medieval condition of choreomania, or “dance fever”, which found then-believed to be possessed persons dancing themselves to frenzy, the album arrives in a timely manner as the first summer festival season since 2019 begins. While it’s now better understood that choreomania was likely the result of stress rather than demonic possession, Welch here channels the stresses of ageing, expectation and public life into energetic Pop with heartening aplomb. The highlight, ‘Choreomania’ begins with a spoken word recollection of a panic attack before slowly building on a motorik beat before Welch celebrates a scene where even “the Evangelicals” are lifted and energised by “Jesus com[ing] back but in a beautiful dress”. Joyful and witty, ‘Dance Fever’ has been worth the wait.