Music Review: “Lungs” By Florence + the Machine
Reviewed by Katherine Gross, 15
Florence + The Machine, a recent British indie-pop import, has made a stunning debut in the music industry, racking up prestigious awards from the critics, and widespread approval from fans. I, however, can't decide whether or not I am one of those fans. Although Lungs, the group's first album, is indeed whimsical with masterfully crafted lyrics, the themes are, for the most part, gory and gothic.
On the positive side, lead singer Florence Welch has a lovely, distinctive singing voice. She belts out each tune with soul and passion, and it is thrilling and mesmerizing to hear her soaring vocals. The words of the songs are equally mesmerizing. I enjoyed the fact that the lyrics were cryptic, giving the listener the ability to create his or her own interpretation of the songs. One of my favorite tracks is "The Dog Days Are Over," because of the simple acoustics and its message about trying to hide from love and happiness. Another highlight is the ethereal "Cosmic Love," also featuring " beautiful, light acoustics as well as colorful images of the galaxy.
Among these moments of brilliance, however, are dark, moody tracks that deal with violence, death, and sacrifice. "Howl" is about the beast within, and sounds like it could be part of the Twilight Saga soundtrack. "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" symbolizes the internal struggle between fear and vulnerability and bravery, and speaks of being ready to make the "ultimate sacrifice." "Girl With One Eye," with its jazz and blues vibe, sounds like something from a Tim Burton-esque fantasy, and the rollicking rock anthem "Kiss With a Fist" centers around an abusive relationship. The songs are all creative, but the heavy images of gore and death are very disturbing and overpowering.
In all, I would give Lungs a mixed review. Kudos to Florence Welch for her phenomenal vocal style and engaging lyrics, but if you are faint of heart, Lungs is not the album for you.
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