Thursday, 30 July 2009

Florence and the Machine - Lungs

19th March 2008 was the date of my first post about Florence and the Machine. I was impressed by her crazed style, and clear musical ability.

Since then, I've mentioned her several times, the band has come had come 3rd in the BBC's "Sound of 2009" poll, and they're the winners of the 2009 Brit Awards critic choice award.

All of this (obviously the mentions on Musical Bites being the greatest accolades, erm...), without an album. It's taken until July 2009 to get there. But, when it was released, I've been looking forward to it for so much, not only did I jump at the idea of buying the album, I even bought the extended 2-CD special edition!

Thankfully, I wasn't in the slightest bit disappointed.

Starting with the soothing opening of Dog Days Are Over, itself crescending to a frantic peak, the mood of the album is set. All the tunes are slightly different - I'm not calling you a liar could be said to have a dance like tendency, Kiss with a fist is most definitely anything but - but there is there somehow a continuing theme. Somewhat crazy, unusual definitely, yet there's something else slightly indistinct that runs through the entire album.

Stand out track in my opinion is Girl with One Eye - a wonderfully acoustic number (at least to start with, but the drums kick in at the right moment exactly), soul-esque, and very powerful instrumentation. Cosmic Love also matches its title, with the sci-fi background music and the lyrics all gelling together to prove all were meant to go together. Harps are notoriously very difficult instruments to fit into pop music, and yet it seems to work not just in Cosmic Love but throughout the album as a whole.

With no weak tracks at all, it's clear that the build-up to the album has been time well spent; and the hype has been justified.

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