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Album Review

Precocious Brit Florence Welch fired a bullet into the head of the U.K. music scene in 2008 with the single "Kiss with a Fist," a punk-infused, perfectly juvenile summer anthem that had critics wiping the names Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, and Kate Nash from their vocabularies and replacing them with Florence + the Machine. While the comparisons were apt at the time, "Kiss with a Fist" turned out to be a red herring in the wake of the release of Lungs, one of the most musically mature and emotionally mesmerizing albums of 2009. With an arsenal of weaponry that included the daring musicality of Kate Bush, the fearless delivery of Sinéad O'Connor, and the dark, unhinged vulnerability of Fiona Apple, the London native crafted a debut that not only lived up to the machine-gun spray of buzz that heralded her arrival, but easily surpassed it. Like Kate Bush, Welch has little interest (for the most part) in traditional pop structures, and her songs are at their best when they see something sparkle in the woods and veer off of the main trail in pursuit. "Kiss with a Fist," as good as it is, pales in comparison to standout cuts like "Dog Days Are Over," "Hurricane Drunk," "Drumming Song," "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)," and "Cosmic Love," all of which are anchored to the earth by Welch's knockout voice, a truly impressive and intuitive trio of producers, and a backing band that sounds as intimate with the material as its creator. [Lungs was also released in a Deluxe Edition that included Lungs: The B-Sides, a bonus disc featuring studio tracks like “Swimming,” “Falling,” and “Heavy in Your Arms,” the latter of which appeared on the soundtrack for Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as well as live cuts (“You've Got the Dirtee Love"), demos (“Ghosts”), and remixes (the "Yeasayer Remix" of “Dog Days Are Over").]

Customer Reviews

exceptional and inspirational

seriously one of the best sounds I've heard in a while, and I've really been looking.

Fabulous, but Repetative

Florance + the Machine. This girl is my new favorite. This album is very energetic, deeply thought through and fun, despite it's some what repetative sound. Her music pushes me foreward through grueling tasks, and it's also a great mood pick up. I found out about her through a friend of mine, and instantly fell in love.
The first track on the album, 'Dog Days are Over' is so uplifting and fun. Also the way she extends the word 'over' with the different pitches included almost reminds me of a howling mutt. 'I'm not calling you a liar' is another great track, the logic behind the lyrics just makes perfect sense. 'Girl with one eye' is erie and twisted which changes the dynamics of the album, it creates a good difference in the music. My favorite, 'Between two lungs' is just overall great. The soaring lyrics and dynamics adds brilliance to this record. The demos included show you what gets changed through out the song writing stages, and you can definatley hear the improvement. I highly recomend this record, despite the somewhat repetative sound. It is definately worth the 8 bucks.

awesome

you've got the love, blinding, cosmic love, and blinding are some of the most moving, chill-creating songs I've heard in a while. Florence and the Machine's new album is cohesive, but yet SO original. A MUST have for this year.

Biography

Born: 2007 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from South London, Florence Mary Leontine Welch writes songs that occupy the same confessional territory as gossip-loving, genre-bending contemporaries like Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Adele, and Lily Allen and the moody, classic art rock of Kate Bush, blending pop, soul, and baroque arrangements into a sound that earned the young artist considerable buzz in 2007. Managed by the Camden-based DJ duo the Queens of Noize and backed by a rotating lineup of musicians, Florence + the Machine released...
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