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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 it 'round corners and she hid it under beds She... 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. Dec 16, 2011
    10
    Lungs is a work of art, very beautiful, a true musical reinvention.
    When I heard this masterpiece of Florence Welch and company, I was amazed
    Lungs is a work of art, very beautiful, a true musical reinvention.
    When I heard this masterpiece of Florence Welch and company, I was amazed at their sound fantastic and with the beautiful voice of the goddess redhead who takes the lead of the band.
    Each song is unique, you enter a world of fairy tale Gothic and Celtic florence only with his melancholy and euphoria could lead.
    It is a very remarkable album, Dog Days Are Over is something sublime, brand new, you will not find another song like this, believe me.
    It is a magical album, absolutely beautiful
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  3. Dec 12, 2015
    10
    Florence Welch one of the most powerful voices of all time she is unstoppable there is only one word for this album "perfection" theFlorence Welch one of the most powerful voices of all time she is unstoppable there is only one word for this album "perfection" the uniqueness shines in this start of her amazing music career what an album!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2016
    10
    Lungs is the album that we've been looking for. It combines a mixture of so many different types of sounds and emotions, yet blends them allLungs is the album that we've been looking for. It combines a mixture of so many different types of sounds and emotions, yet blends them all in a slightly jarring way, yet it works perfectly. It's an exquisite album, and it deserves all of the praise that it receives. It is truly Florence's finest album. Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2020
    9
    Favorite track: "Dog Days Are Over"
    Least favorite track: "I'm Not Calling You a Liar"
    A highly successful debut that put Florence Welch on
    Favorite track: "Dog Days Are Over"
    Least favorite track: "I'm Not Calling You a Liar"
    A highly successful debut that put Florence Welch on the map internationally, "Lungs" is an album full of hard-hitting vocals combined with beautifully delicate lyrics. But it's not like the bombastic lead singer overshadows or overpowers her band; rather, the harps, strings, and drums compliment her powerful voice and drive home the meaning of each song.
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  6. Mar 17, 2012
    8
    A must-hear for first-time Florence + the Machine listeners. This album is full of soaring creativity and soulful whimsy you want to singA must-hear for first-time Florence + the Machine listeners. This album is full of soaring creativity and soulful whimsy you want to sing along and clap your hands as if you're at camp.

    Key Tracks:
    "Dog Days Are Over"
    "Blinding"
    "Between Two Lungs"
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  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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