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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  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. Lungs showcases Florence's dramatic voice as an instrument that the other instruments follow, from the urgent, rhythmic drums on "Drumming Song" to the fluid harp runs on "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)."
  4. Sometimes the rough edges have been over-smoothed: there are all kinds of strange, cheap synthesised noises buried under the layers of polish that I'd like to hear more clearly. But this is a minor gripe, for despite its dark heart, there's a real joy about this debut.
  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. 60
    Too often a limited voice and over-egged arrangements strain to little effect. [Aug 2009, p.94]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Aug 14, 2010
    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. Jun 1, 2012
    A Simply Amazing Album! It Sounds Like The Bangles But With Vocal Power!
    One Of The Best Debut Album's Of ALL TIME!
    I Would Feel Bad Giving
    This Album A 9! Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    I 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 19, 2013
    One of the most amazing debut in years. Florence Welch is a tremendous vocalist with power and she is smart enough to not under-use or over-use her power when singing. Tracks such as "Cosmic Love" and "You've Got the Love" sound like nothing else out there. They're definitely gonna be in the industry for a long long time. Expand
  5. Feb 9, 2014
    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
  6. May 24, 2011
    Florence shrieks , howls and yelps better than anyone in the game. Lungs is great ; its like cake. Totally amazing but if you eat cake every day it becomes less of a treat. Expand
  7. THall
    Oct 20, 2009
    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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