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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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Dog Days Are Over
Happiness hit her, like a train on a track Coming towards her, stuck still no turning back She hid around corners, and she hid under beds She killed... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. 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. [Anonymous]
    Oct 20, 2009
    10
    I've been listening to the songs on this CD since I bought it England this summer and it continues to sound better and better. Florence I've been listening to the songs on this CD since I bought it England this summer and it continues to sound better and better. Florence has a strong and agile voice which she uses to great effect in a variety of genres. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2012
    10
    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
    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!
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  3. Mar 20, 2017
    10
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  4. Oct 28, 2011
    10
    This is my favourite album. That just about sums it up. It's like a collage of genres expertly put together to create something greater thanThis is my favourite album. That just about sums it up. It's like a collage of genres expertly put together to create something greater than any one of them alone Expand
  5. May 10, 2014
    9
    I think it's called Lungs because it's breathtaking. This album has so many unique tracks, and it feels so unique and perfect. I love theI think it's called Lungs because it's breathtaking. This album has so many unique tracks, and it feels so unique and perfect. I love the instrumentals, and the powerful voice behind it all. Expand
  6. May 24, 2011
    8
    Florence shrieks , howls and yelps better than anyone in the game. Lungs is great ; its like cake. Totally amazing but if you eat cake everyFlorence 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. Dec 19, 2016
    5
    It's big and majestic, but it's also oversang and overblown. Florence Welch has an incredibly powerful voice, but she all too often sticks toIt's big and majestic, but it's also oversang and overblown. Florence Welch has an incredibly powerful voice, but she all too often sticks to using volume, rather than vocal control. Hearing her use her impressive range gets old, quick. Powerful notes are wonderful, but when you don't have the vibrato to control them, they end becoming one thing - SHOUTS. Expand

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