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Released: July 6, 2009

Rating: 3.945 (average of 6 ratings)

Genre: indie rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Dog Days Are Over
  2. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)
  3. I’m Not Calling You a Liar
  4. Howl
  5. Kiss with a Fist
  6. Girl with One Eye
  7. Drumming Song
  8. Between Two Lungs
  9. Cosmic Love
  10. My Boy Builds Coffins
  11. Hurricane Drunk
  12. Blinding
  13. You’ve Got the Love

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.1
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.61
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1.4


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 14
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Kiss with a Fist (6/9/08) #51 UK
  • Dog Days Are Over (12/1/08) #21 US, #23 UK, #27 MR
  • Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (6/22/09) #12 UK
  • Drumming Song (9/7/09) --
  • You’ve Got the Love (11/16/09) #5 UK
  • Hurricane Drunk (3/22/10) --

Notes: A deluxe edition included a second CD of demos and alternate versions: “Bird Song Intro,” “Bird Song,” “Dog Days Are Over” (demo), “Falling,” “Hardest of Hearts,” “Ghosts” (demo), and “Girl with One Eye” (Bayou Percussion Version).

Yet another reissue, entitled Between Two Lungs added a second disc of 12 remixes, live songs, and other material different from the deluxe edition.


Brits Award for Best British Album. Click to go to awards page.

Florence and the Machine
“Precocious Brit Florence Welch fired a bullet into the head of the U.K. music scene in 2008 with the single Kiss with a Fist,” JCM a song later “used in an episode of BAFTA-winning teen drama Skins and the American comedy horror film Jennifer’s Body.” WK It was “a punk-infused, perfectly juvenile summer anthem that had critics wiping the names Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, and Kate Nash from their vocabularies and replacing them with Florence and the Machine.” JCM

“While the comparisons were apt at the time, ‘Kiss with a Fist’ turned out to be a red herring in the wake of the release of Lungs, one of the most musically mature and emotionally mesmerizing albums of 2009. 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.” JCM

It “is an intoxicating mix of delicate fragility, dark humor and twisted Tim Burton style fairy-tales.” AM “Like Kate Bush, Welch has little interest (for the most part) in traditional pop structures, and her songs are at their best when they see something sparkle in the woods and veer off of the main trail in pursuit.” JCM “From the live favourite You’ve Got the Love [a cover of a Candi Staton song] to the raw blues-tinged Girl with One Eye to the beautifully painful Between Two Lungs, the album is crammed with crowd pleasers.” AM

“‘Kiss with a Fist,’ as good as it is, pales in comparison to stand-out cuts like Dog Days Are Over…and Cosmic Love.” JCM There are also “fresh tracks like…Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) , Drumming Song – with its epic denseness, the terrifyingly brilliant Howl and Hurricane Drunk.” AM

Everything is “anchored to the earth by Welch’s knockout voice (which hopefully in time will lose the occasional Natalie Merchant affectation), and a truly impressive and intuitive trio of producers and a backing band that sounds as intimate with the material as its creator.” JCM

Thematically, some songs deal with her recent breakup with a boyfriend, while others “are about violence and death. When questioned about this by the NME, lead singer Florence Welch responded: "Well, what other subject is there? I remember realising that my parents were going to die and weeping. Weeping as if my father had actually died.’” WK

“With it’s paradoxical charms of heartbreak, love and loss, Lungs promises to leave us wanting more of the insanely captivating Florence Welch.” AM

Review Source(s):

Kiss with a Fist

Dog Days Are Over

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

You’ve Got the Love

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