Florence and th
Studio album by Florence and the Machine
Released 3 July 2009
Recorded Unknown
Length 46:15 (standard)
Label Island
Producer Paul Epworth, James Ford, Charlie Hugall, Stephen Mackey, Eg White
Lungs  is the debut studio album by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine, released on 3 July 2009 byIsland Records.

Production Edit

Florence and the Machine recorded Lungs in the United Kingdom with five different producers—Paul Epworth, James Ford, Stephen Mackey, Eg White, and Charlie Hugall. Most of the songs on the album were mixed by Cenzo Townshend.[1]

Singles Edit

"Kiss with a Fist" was released on 9 June 2008 as the lead single from Lungs, peaking at number 51 on the UK Singles Chart.[2]

"Dog Days Are Over" was released on 1 December 2008 as the album's second single and reached number 23 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The song was used in the theatrical trailer for the 2010 film Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts.[4] The Yeasayer remix of "Dog Days Are Over", which is included on Between Two Lungs, was released on 12 October 2010 on iTunes.[5]

"Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" was released as third single from the album on 22 June 2009, peaking at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.[6]

"Drumming Song" was released as the album's fourth single on 7 September 2009, reaching number 54 in the UK.[7]

"You've Got the Love" was the fifth single to be released from the album, and reached a new peak of number five on the UK Singles Chart in January 2010.[8] Florence and the Machine's duet with rapper Dizzee Rascal at the 2010 BRIT Awards on 16 February 2010, a mashup of "You've Got the Love" and Dizzee Rascal's "Dirtee Cash" titled "You Got the Dirtee Love", was released on iTunes the day after the ceremony.[9] "You Got the Dirtee Love" reached number two on the UK chart.[10]

On 5 January 2010, "Hurricane Drunk" was originally announced as the sixth single from the album.[11] A video for the song was filmed in Paris on 8 January 2010 and premiered on 29 January after the Celebrity Big Brother 2010 final on Channel 4.[12] However, on 3 March 2010, a reissue of "Dog Days Are Over" was announced through the band's website. The single was released digitally on 11 April and on 7" vinyl the following day, along with a new video.[13]

"Cosmic Love" was released on 5 July 2010 as the album's seventh and final single.[14] The song reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart.[15] The band made a guest appearance in the 7 February 2011 episode of Gossip Girl, titled "Panic Roommate", where they performed an acoustic rendition of "Cosmic Love".[16]

Critical reception Edit

Lungs received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 79, based on 22 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". James Christopher Monger of AllMusic praised it as "one of the most musically mature and emotionally mesmerizing albums of 2009" and stated, "With an arsenal of weaponry that included the daring musicality of Kate Bush, the fearless delivery of Sinéad O'Connor, and the dark, unhinged vulnerability of Fiona Apple, the London native crafted a debut that not only lived up to the machine-gun spray of buzz that heralded her arrival, but easily surpassed it." Ryan Dombal wrote for Pitchfork Media that Florence Welch "bursts mouth wide wide over garage rock, epic soul, pint-tipping Britbeat, and—best of all—a mystic brand of pop that's part Annie Lennox, Grace Slick, and Joanna Newsom." Entertainment Weekly's Joseph Brannigan Lynch opined that Welch's "immaculately constructed indie pop recalls Regina Spektor, but without the studied artiness: Welch is more concerned with raw emotional release."[17]

Accolades Edit

Lungs was shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize.[18] The following year, the album won the MasterCard British Album award at the Brit Awards.[19]

Publication List Rank
Clash Top 40 Albums of 2009 13
Consequence of Sound The Top 100 Albums of '09 97
Entertainment Weekly 10 Best (and 5 Worst) Albums of 2009 Best Debut
The Guardian Albums of 2009 6
Mojo Top 50 Albums of 2009 7
musicOMH Top 50 Best Albums of 2009 9
NME 50 Best Albums of 2009 26
Q 50 Best Albums of 2009 2
Spin The 40 Best Albums of 2009 8
Uncut 50 Best Albums of 2009 16

Commercial performance Edit

Lungs debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart (behind Michael Jackson's The Essential Michael Jackson), selling 63,020 copies in its first week[20] —the second highest amount for a debut album in 2009, after Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.[21] On 17 January 2010, after spending 28 consecutive weeks in the top 40,[22] the album topped the UK chart for the first time, selling 51,005 copies.[23] It spent a second consecutive week atop the chart, with 42,359 copies sold.[24] On 2 December 2011, Lungs was certified quintuple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI),[25] and had sold 1,662,146 copies in the United Kingdom by June 2015.[26]

Following the band's performance of "Dog Days Are Over" at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Lungs jumped from number 44 to number 14 on the US Billboard 200 with sales of 21,000 copies, an increase of 165% from the previous week.[27] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on 22 June 2012.[28] It had sold 1,142,000 copies in the United States as of February 2013.[29] Worldwide, Lungs had sold over three million copies as of November 2011.[30]

Track listing Edit

No. Title Writers Producers
1. "Dog Days Are Over"  
  • Florence Welch
  • Isabella Summers
  • James Ford
  • Summers
2. "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)"  
  • Welch
  • Paul Epworth
Epworth 3:52
3. "I'm Not Calling You a Liar"  
  • Welch
  • Summers
  • Ford
  • Summers
4. "Howl"  
  • Welch
  • Epworth
Epworth 3:34
5. "Kiss with a Fist"  
  • Welch
  • Matt Alchin
Stephen Mackey 2:04
6. "Girl with One Eye"  
  • Alchin
  • David Ashby
  • James McCool
Mackey 3:39
7. "Drumming Song"  
  • Welch
  • Ford
  • Crispin Hunt
Ford 3:44
8. "Between Two Lungs"  
  • Welch
  • Summers
  • Ford
  • Summers
9. "Cosmic Love"  
  • Welch
  • Summers
  • Epworth
  • Summers
10. "My Boy Builds Coffins"  
  • Welch
  • Christopher Lloyd Hayden
  • Rob Ackroyd
Charlie Hugall 2:57
11. "Hurricane Drunk"  
  • Welch
  • Eg White
  • White
  • Epworth
12. "Blinding"  
  • Welch
  • Epworth
Epworth 4:40
13. "You've Got the Love"  
  • John Bellamy
  • Arnecia Michelle Harris
  • Anthony B. Stephens
Hugall 2:49

iTunes store bonus tracks Edit

iTunes store deluxe edition bonus tracks Edit

Japanese bonus tracks Edit

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