Lungs - Florence + the Machine
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  • Summary: The debut album for the band led by Florence Welch was produced by Paul Epworth, James Ford and Steve Mackay.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
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  1. The debut from Britain's much-fussed-over Florence + the Machine finally hits the States, and Lungs proves they're worth the adoration.
  2. Because those pipes are big enough to shake the rain from the trees and, with an eclectic balance of genres leaning heavily towards folk and soul, she's got enough support to make her seem powerful rather than overbearing.
  3. Florence's music is particularly sensitive to studio gloss; her singing is a fine balance between elegance and frenzy.
  4. 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.
  5. As it is, they're more than quite good, and all the better for the tracks that surround them.
  6. Lungs is a cloud-headed introduction to Welch's world, where It Girl hype, coffins, violence, and ambition combust on impact; it's a platinum-shellacked demo reel drunk on its own hi-fi-ness.
  7. These songs probably sound otherworldly when played live, but the over-laden stylization actually fills Lungs with unnecessary fat.

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  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
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  1. Aug 14, 2010
    10
    Every track on this album is great. It's definitely a great buy and I think Florence + The Machine will be around for a while. Go buy this album now!!
  2. Jul 10, 2012
    10
    Lungs is the first album I've heard that I've loved every single track. Florence Welch is an incredibly talented singer and her music is aLungs is the first album I've heard that I've loved every single track. Florence Welch is an incredibly talented singer and her music is a great baroque pop indie mix. Dog Days are Over, Cosmic Love, and Blinding are my favorites. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    10
    I can't begin to describe how brilliant this album is. It's completely original and different while remaining totally listenable. It's boomingI can't begin to describe how brilliant this album is. It's completely original and different while remaining totally listenable. It's booming drums and plucking harps and jangling tambourines paired with Florence's pitch-perfect, dominant voice work together in perfect harmony. This album is a work of pure genius that catapults Florence up there with the likes of Lady GaGa. Perfection. Expand
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    10
    ALBUM PERFEITO!!! Uma artista como florence deveria merecer todos os prêmios possíveis por essa obra de arte, pois novo, único, espetacular eALBUM PERFEITO!!! Uma artista como florence deveria merecer todos os prêmios possíveis por essa obra de arte, pois novo, único, espetacular e principalmente maravilhoso em seu conceito.

    Melhores faixas: Dog Days Are Over e Rabbit Heart (Raise Up)
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  5. Jun 29, 2012
    9
    This album is truly an amazing and impressive debut. I bought 'Ceremonials', their sophomore album, before this one and I thoughtThis album is truly an amazing and impressive debut. I bought 'Ceremonials', their sophomore album, before this one and I thought 'Ceremonials' was great. But when I bought 'Lungs', it easily became one of my favorite albums of all time. 'Lungs' shows of some incredible indie pop, baroque production, but the best thing are definitely Florence Welch's strong, powerful pipes. Her voice is absolutely stunning. She expresses a maybe soprano vocal range that can make you feel sad and uplifted at the same time. But, there are some weird and maybe unnecessary tracks in this album. The dark and spooky My Boy Build Coffins kinda sucks. Between Two Lungs is one of the weaker tracks by Florence + The Machine. The boring I'm Not Calling You A Liar is unnecessary. But that's the only bad stuff. The good tracks are the reggae-influenced Hurricane Drunk, the fast almost danceable Drumming Song, the vocal masterpiece of Dog Days Are Over, the lyrically powerful track Cosmic Love, and the punk infused Kiss With A Fist. This album is one of my favorite albums that I own. If you are into or want to listen to an indie pop, vocally powerful album, get this one. Expand
  6. Feb 9, 2014
    8
    Lungs is Florence + the Machine's almost perfect debut studio album, where the music is far more lusciously composed and pieced together. Yes,Lungs is Florence + the Machine's almost perfect debut studio album, where the music is far more lusciously composed and pieced together. Yes, many people shall find Florence's vocals rather challenging, but others will be able to get past that and see the potentiality and brilliance. Lungs is a minor classic to me. Expand
  7. THall
    Oct 20, 2009
    7
    A pretty decent album. It's stange in that it sags in the MIDDLE of the album, finishing and starting very strongly.The awful.

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