Monday 6 July 2009, 15:45 | By

Album Review: Florence & The Machine – Lungs (Universal/Island)

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Florence And The Machine

Florence Welch’s first album has a lot of hype to live up to. Selling out shows and wowing critics – including those that doled out the Critics Choice BRIT Award 2009 – Flo has already received more than her fair share of praise, but for good reason. ‘Lungs’ is, in one word, epic. Like a blink through the looking glass, Florence & The Machine’s debut LP is a gaze into the wonderful world of Flo and all its crazy, colourfully imaginative glory. From the familiar but excellent singles ‘Dog Days Are Over’ and ‘Kiss With A Fist’, to brand new tracks like the breathtaking ‘Howl’ and the violently addictive ‘My Boy Builds Coffins’, ‘Lungs’ is like a walk in the secret garden – everything is just a little bit different, a little bit peculiar, and, each time played, it’s extraordinary. Filled with the sounds we’ve come to love her for – harps, guitars, rattling and intense percussion – plus a few more hidden gems, Florence – and her Machine – have fine-tuned themselves and have met, and perhaps surpassed, all critical expectations. ‘Lungs’ is not only a perfect soundtrack for the summer, it’s a perfect soundtrack for the year. TW

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