A.V. Club Most Read

News Newswire Great Job, Internet!
TV Club All Reviews What's On Tonight
Video All Video A.V. Undercover A.V. Cocktail Club Film Club
Reviews All Reviews Film TV Music Books
Features All Features Newswire Coming Distractions
Sections Film Tv Music Food Comedy Books Games Aux
Our Company About Us Contact Advertise Privacy Policy Careers RSS
Onion Inc. Sites The Onion The A.V. Club ClickHole Onion Studios

Florence + The Machine: Lungs


Florence And The Machine

Album: Lungs
Label: Universal

Community Grade (37 Users)

  • A
  • A-
  • B+
  • B
  • B-
  • C+
  • C
  • C-
  • D+
  • D
  • D-
  • F

Your Grade


Florence Welch has a penchant for dramatics. But what would be a dubious distinction for most twentysomethings becomes an advantage when paired with Welch’s otherworldly vocals and a trio of top-tier British producers who elevate her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Lungs, to something that manages to be grandiose, relatable, and incessantly catchy all at the same time. On “Drumming Song,” for example, Welch’s chest-thumping delivery manages to match the relentless, driving percussion in terms of both intensity and catharsis, while “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” utilizes a choir, bells, and lion/lamb imagery in service of the pop-song equivalent of twirling joyfully in a sunny field. 

Welch and her producers filter a multitude of styles through this epic purview, from garage-rock (“Kiss With A Fist”) to freak-folk (“My Boy Builds Coffins”) to bluesy cabaret (“Girl With One Eye”) to gospel-tinged dance (a cover of The Source’s “You’ve Got The Love”). At times, Lungs borders on exhausting, careening as it does from one over-the-top track to the next—even the comparatively subdued soul ballad “I’m Not Calling You A Liar” eventually crescendos toward a lush, tear-stained finale. But with a voice as strong and emotive as hers, it’s not surprising that Welch has little use for moments of quiet contemplation.