Florence and the Machine: Lungs (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Florence and the Machine: Lungs

Worth bagging for the staggering drive-pop grandeur of ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up)’ alone, this surprisingly compelling debut from skewed London chorister Florence Welch largely justifies, and even outshines, the hype.

Abounding with curious musical narratives and colossal, power-pipe arias, Lungs’ soulful electro-rock and darkly mythical lyrics bring forth the likes of Jefferson Airplane, Kate Bush, Eurythmics – even the dance anthems of, say, Moby. Its highlights include the bluesy ‘Howl’, ‘Girl With One Eye’, ‘Between Two Lungs’ and ‘Kiss with a Fist’.

The vacillating ballad ‘I’m Not Calling You a Liar’, meanwhile, recalls no less a legend than Elkie Brooks. Which is very much a compliment.

(Island)

Florence + the Machine

Big blustering vocalist with a fine line in stage gear and one of the most distinctive voices in pop.

3Arena, Dublin

Mon 19 Nov

€49.59–€69.59

Brighton Centre

Sun 25 Nov

£45–£55 / 0844 847 1515

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Thu 15 Nov

£37.40–£57.40 / 0844 248 1585

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