[REVIEW] Album: Florence & The Machine – Lungs (2009)

Florence + The Machine "Lungs" (2009)

Yes, it was because of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards which was held a couple of weeks ago that I discovered Florence and The Machine when they were nominated for Best New Artist, if I’m not mistaken. I might be a mommy but I’ve always and will always try to keep up with the music industry, I was instantly attracted to “Dog Days Are Over” (watch the official video on YouTube).

Dog Days Are Over is also the first song of the album “Lungs” which was released on July 6, 2009. I still don’t quite understand what Florence is trying to tell us through this song. From my point of view, she is trying to remind us about all the things (or person) that matters the most for us. While love, due to its pain and uncertainty, must be left behind. I couldn’t agree more! Dog days are over, dog days are done, it is a must that we should left everything that causes us pain.

It’s a good choice to put the song as the first in this album, because her next songs are somewhat confusing. So I fast forwarded until I bumped into “Kiss With A Fist” which basically tells a story about domestic violence, in a good way, where having a fight is a normal part of any relationship. On her blog, Florence said that she wrote this song after graduating from high school. The lyrics of this song is very creative and made me laugh, such as “you hit me once, I hit you back, you gave a kick, I gave a slap, you smashed a plate over my head, then I set the fire into our bed.”

Another song that took my attention is titled “You’ve Got The Love.” Somehow I see a spiritual side in this song, that no matter how hurtful life can be, and although at times you might lost your faith, having someone to love and love us in return is still helpful for us to see things clearly. “Calling You A Liar” is also catchy, just like this other song I like “Cosmic Love.”

Florence grew up in Camberwell, south London. One of her earliest musical memories is standing on top of the trunk where her dad kept his vinyl collection, dancing with him to the Rolling Stones. She felt that she wrote her best songs when she’s drunk because that’s when the freedom came. “You’re lucid,” she explains, “but you’re not really there. You’re floating through your own thoughts, and you can pick out what you need.” (read more about Florence on her blog).

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