Fans of Florence + the Machine are no strangers to front woman Florence Welch's demons.
The narrative of the London singer's nerve-racking rise to fame is well documented, through the various magazines whose covers she graced after the BRIT Awards spotlighted her in 2008.
Lungs, the multiplatinum debut that followed, frequently recasts happiness and success as stygian omens, while 2011's Ceremonials harbors fearful refrains about "breaking down again." By her own account, Welch, 26, spent much of the sold-out tours between the two albums feeling confused and miserable.
You never would have guessed it Tuesday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Grinning between the verdant billows of a fairy-tale nightdress and her radiant dyed-red tresses, the vivacious Welch guided her band and audience through an immaculate gauntlet of baroque arena pop.