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A Majestic Debut
on May 28, 2011
Overseas act Florence + The Machine truly hit it big following an outstanding performance of 'The Dog Days Are Over' on the VMA's. It was the best of the night, and iTunes downloads of the single surged accordingly. 'Dog Days' has a plinking introduction that bursts into a rooftop shouting chorus, stomping beats making up the backbone of the lyrics.
Surprisingly, 'The Dog Days Are Over' is one of the weaker tracks on 'Lungs'. It's difficult to comment on specific songs, due to the overarching togetherness that the album has, but there are definite standouts with not a weak track to be heard. The whole album has a very grand persona that permeates everything about it, with Florence singing her heart out on the majority of these tracks. When she isn't doing that, she is injecting the songs with a mischievous tone or singing over a beat as though she has all day to get the track recorded. All of these things add up to a fully formed persona for Florence as an artist, something that rarely happens on a debut album.
Highlights of the album include 'Howl', a roaring anthem of a song, 'Girl With One Eye', a tension-laden girl fight, and 'Blinding', an explosive track that has a killer chorus. The very centerpiece of the album, however, is 'Cosmic Love', the musical equivalent of the the first Fourth of July. The beats pound with an urgency that is only exemplified by Florence's impassioned delivery, which all adds up to an epic single that could hold weight a decade from now.
Most artists set out to create a foundation for their style with their first album. Florence has managed to burst onto the scene as a full-fledged artist with only one album. Combining alternative, indie, opera, rock, and pop into one distinct sound, Florence + The Machine has harnessed a sound all her own.