Thursday, December 31, 2009

Albums of the Year, 2009 : 16 - Florence & The Machine - Lungs

"When Welch restrains herself a little, or manages to write a tune sturdy enough to support those lungs, the results can be electrifying. "Dog Days Are Over" sounds just as exciting as it did last summer, with its storm-blown unpredictability, while her debut single, the rudimentary garage rock of "Kiss With A Fist", is as powerful, direct and troubling as its title.

Other stand-outs include the dance-inflected, surging "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)", the fantastically titled "Hurricane Drunk" and the growling melodrama of "Girl With One Eye". This last song also showcases another of Welch's most obvious talents, her ability to write lyrical images that cling to your mind like dirt."

- Jaime Gill, Dot Music

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