Lungs The debut from Britain's much-fussed-over Florence + the Machine finally hits the States, and Lungs proves they're worth the adoration. Singer Florence Welch's immaculately constructed… Lungs The debut from Britain's much-fussed-over Florence + the Machine finally hits the States, and Lungs proves they're worth the adoration. Singer Florence Welch's immaculately constructed… 2009-10-20 Florence + the Machine Rock
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Lungs (2009)

Florence + the Machine | SHE'S GOT THE LOVE Florence + the Machine
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SHE'S GOT THE LOVE Florence + the Machine
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 20, 2009; Lead Performance: Florence + the Machine; Genre: Rock

The debut from Britain's much-fussed-over Florence + the Machine finally hits the States, and Lungs proves they're worth the adoration. Singer Florence Welch's immaculately constructed indie pop recalls Regina Spektor, but without the studied artiness: Welch is more concerned with raw emotional release. On standouts like ''Drumming Song'' and a soul-shaking version of Candi Staton's ''You've Got the Love,'' she achieves that rare melding of spiritual fervor, rock kick, and creative quirk — as if Kate Bush had produced an Annie Lennox album of gospel covers. A-

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Originally posted Oct 21, 2009 Published in issue #1073 Oct 30, 2009 Order article reprints
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