Lungs

Lungs

by Florence + the Machine
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Overview

Lungs

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").]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602517979406
catalogNumber: 001317002
Rank: 8570

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Florence + the Machine   Primary Artist
Sally Herbert   Violin
Stephen Mackey   Bass Guitar
Martin Slattery   Drums
Everton Nelson   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Ladonna Harley Peters   Background Vocals
James Ford   Organ,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar
Tim McCall   Guitar

Technical Credits

Mark Rankin   Engineer
Crispin Hunt   Composer
Paul Epworth   Composer
Eg White   Composer,Producer
James Ford   Composer
Orlando Weeks   Illustrations
Florence + the Machine   Composer
Rob Ackroyd   Composer
Isabella Summers   Composer
Allchin   Composer

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Lungs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
codycola More than 1 year ago
In this time of main stream media pushing one dimensional artists at us, I have seen too many artists riding a "one hit single." Only to find that their albums are full of redundant, forgettable, music, easily shoved into a genre based playlist. ***When I asked my IPod to create a genius playlist based on my like for "Florence and the Machine", It could not, because it's a genre of its own. Finally an amazing throwback to "The Summer of Love" Hippie's joy rock. All out joy personified in tambourine accompanied drum circles and powerful choir sing-alongs. Loud and moving but controlled with perfect timing to hypnotically lead us to depths only the all-powerful acapella voice of Florence Welsh's can rescue us from. It's the Mamas and Papas and Jefferson Airplane taken to the joyful heights of full choir chanting, and hypnotic lows reminiscent of the Cranberries, Fiona Apple, and The Black Keyes. Many tracks bring back the sounds of the late 60's joy rock. Tracks like "Dog Days are Over", "You've Got the Love", and "Drumming" sound like they are full out anthems sung by a enthusiastic drum circle. Perfect timing in "Dog Days are Over", "Cosmic Love" and "Rabbit Heart" allows the accompaniments to slow to a halt before unleashing a full on crescendo. Hitting its bluesiest note on "Girl with One Eye", you can imagine it being sang in a swank jazz bar with guitar riffs as brooding as the Black Keyes and vocals as haunting as Fiona Apple, transforming into acapellas as powerful as the likes of Jefferson Airplane. Florence ironically sings her "Lungs" out. Florence and the Machine, refusing to be filed away in one genre, rivals the sarcastic optimism of Lily Allen in "Hurricane Drunk" and in some tracks, such as the earliest conceived "Kiss With a Fist", even touch on a punk rock sound. Very raw, with a garage band sound, it brings memories of the Yeah Yeahs and Fefe Dobson. As an extremely optimistic album, "Lungs" manages even to make "Blinding", one of its more lamenting tracks, a beat driven and hypnotic lullaby. It is reminiscent of The Cranberries with its building methodic chorus. This album, incapable of leaving you in a bad mood, will have take you for a a genre bending ride from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this album! I happened to see a commerical playing a clip of "Dog Days Are Over" and had to have the song. On a whim I bought the whole CD and I was BLOWN AWAY! Each song brings it's own flavor to the album (Faves: Howl, Cosmic Love, Between Two Lungs...) and her voice and inflections make every song very unique. A gem of an album not to be missed!
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TheBlueCat More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love her music, she is amazing.....definately recommended you gotta check her out.
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MarisaRoseFara More than 1 year ago
Great new music. Love this album!
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DRDRJAY More than 1 year ago
Album took multiple plays for me to get into it. Also noticed that it depends on what kind of equipment I listen to it on. For example, in my Audi, a Bose system, the background tends to overwhelm her voice.