Florence & The Machine – Album Review

I wasn’t expecting to like the album ‘Lungs’. After a strong debut single (Kiss with a Fist), I was expecting this band to flop like so many others, releasing a few more mediocre tunes then fading into the background to eventually disappear altogether. But Florence kept churning out the hits, and she doesn’t look like she’s giving up any time soon.

Her voice doesn’t appeal to everyone. It can sometimes sound a bit strangled and forced, but at other times it’s beautiful and mystical. Backed by a fantastic band, she creates a sound that’s individual and strong. You can hear the influence of Kate Bush in her voice – she has the same Marmite effect.

Although she is of a pretty sort, Florence doesn’t use sex appeal to sell records. She has a quirky style and ensures that all attention is focused around her voice and her imagination.

There are some fantastic lyrics to be found; “My Boy Builds Coffins” is a prime example. There’s no point trying to get used to Florence’s style because she will just keep on surprising you, swaying from folk and blues to electronica.

Released on 6th July 2009, ‘Lungs’ has lived up to its expectations. Following their success of winning the ‘Critic’s Choice Award’ at this year’s BRITs, Florence and the Machine had a tall order – but it would seem that they’ve pulled it off.