Florence And The Machine
Lungs (Deluxe Box Set)
Label ©  Sire
Release Year  2009
Length  2:12:18
Genre  Singer / Songwriter
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  F-0118
Bitrate  ~183 Kbps
  Other  
  Info  
    Track Listing:
      CD1:
      1.  
      Between Two Lungs  
       4:39  
      2.  
      Kiss With A Fist  
       2:52  
      3.  
      Hurricane Drunk  
       3:29  
      4.  
      Cosmic Love  
       5:13  
      5.  
      Oh! Darling  
       3:19  
      6.  
      Dog Days Are Over  
       4:30  
      7.  
      Drumming Song  
       4:51  
      8.  
      You've Got The Love  
       3:45  
      9.  
      Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)  
       5:12  
      CD2:
      1.  
      Dog Days Are Over  
       4:12  
      2.  
      Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)  
       3:52  
      3.  
      I'm Not Calling You A Liar  
       3:05  
      4.  
      Howl  
       3:34  
      5.  
      Kiss With A Fist  
       2:04  
      6.  
      Girl With One Eye  
       3:38  
      7.  
      Drumming Song  
       3:43  
      8.  
      Between Two Lungs  
       4:09  
      9.  
      Cosmic Love  
       4:15  
      10.  
      My Boy Builds Coffins  
       2:56  
      11.  
      Hurricane Drunk  
       3:13  
      12.  
      Blinding  
       4:40  
      13.  
      You've Got The Love  
       2:48  
      CD3:
      1.  
      Halo (Radio 1's Live Lounge)  
       3:51  
      2.  
      Hurricane Drunk (Acoustic Version)  
       2:53  
      3.  
      You've Got The Love (Fraser T Smith's Mix)  
       2:47  
      4.  
      Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (P.E.S.T Remix)  
       6:24  
      5.  
      Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix)  
       6:33  
      6.  
      Akes  
       4:24  
      7.  
      An Offering (Rabbit Heart Demo)  
       3:53  
      8.  
      You've Got The Love (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Remix)  
       6:25  
      9.  
      Cosmic Love  
       4:49  
      10.  
      Are You Hurting The One You Love  
       2:58  
      11.  
      Swimming  
       3:22  
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      This beautifully presented limited edition four disc box set includes
      the UK platinum selling album ‘Lungs’, a full performance of Florence +
      The Machine live from the world famous Abbey Road studios, London,
      which includes a cover of the Beatles classic ‘Oh Darling’. The third
      disc contains remixes, covers and rarities including the much talked
      about You’ve Got The Love remix from The XX and the amazing cover of
      Beyonce’s Halo which was performed earlier this year in the Radio1 live
      lounge. The fourth disc is a DVD containing all of Florence’s four
      videos, exclusive acoustic sessions plus her amazing full set filmed
      live from the Rivoli Ballroom, London at her album launch earlier this
      year.

      The beautifully put together sleeve for this deluxe four disc set has
      sleeve notes and an essay on Lungs written by David Vann (Florence’s
      favourite new author). Also included are amazing never seen before
      sketches, photos taken from Florence’s note book and personal
      collection that were hugely inspirational during the writing process of
      Lungs.

      CD 1 - Lungs
      CD 2 - Live At Abbey Road
      CD 3 - - Remixes, Covers And Rarities

      Pitchfork Review:


      More than any of this year's Radio 1-approved UK pop ingenues-- including the likes of electro-bots Little Boots and La Roux-- Florence Welch marks a clear break from the contentious-yet-fruitful Lily vs. Amy era. And that's not only because this self-professed "real geek" is a redhead who'll take harps over horns. Whereas Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse worked their way through the tabloids while breaking down life's troublesome bits into startlingly candid profundity on record, Welch aims for little but the outer reaches on her debut LP, Lungs. Welch hovers high above her native London's seedy back alleys-- and she's looking skyward.

      For this glittery free spirit, matters of the heart aren't simple, everyday occurrences-- they're as grand and mysterious as the big bang itself. "The stars, the moon, they have all been blown out/ You left me in the dark," wails Welch on the audaciously huge "Cosmic Love". Lungs is a cloud-headed introduction to Welch's world, where It Girl hype, coffins, violence, and ambition combust on impact; it's a platinum-shellacked demo reel drunk on its own hi-fi-ness.

      Instead of giving this gothically pale 22-year-old with megaphone vox some classy pop-soul to work with a la Duffy or Adele, Lungs takes the smorgasbord approach. 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. A lesser talent might fall prey to such veering stylistic change-ups (cough, Kate Nash, cough), but Welch powers through, her ear-snapping alarm call of a voice making Lungs sound like the work of a courageous artist rather than a group of well-paid producers. Of course, well-paid producers are still involved-- specifically, James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys), Paul Epworth (Bloc Party), and Stephen Mackey (Pulp).

      Mackey is seemingly responsible for setting-up Welch's rock'n'roll bona fides, chalking up credits for the faux-shock White Stripes rip off "Kiss With a Fist" and the swinging and sinister "Girl With One Eye", which finds the singer in a gouging mood. Meanwhile, Ford and especially Epworth help their would-be star find a more unique sound that-- more often than not-- is overflowing with twinkling harps and breakup language writ large. Welch catapults off of Epworth's immense tribal drums on two of the record's finest, darkest opuses, "Cosmic Love" and the spooky stunner "Blinding". Ford's frothy, orchestrated style compliments Welch's theatrical bent on the swelling "I'm Not Calling You a Liar" and lilting single "Dog Days Are Over". Thanks to Welch's refreshingly immodest talent and vocal abilities, she not only conquers but thrives on the myriad bells and bobs pitched her way by her equally showy producers.

      "Seems that I have been held in some dreaming state/ A tourist in the waking world, never quite awake," begins Welch on "Blinding". The song is about Welch's desire to put her girlish dreams away and face reality, but it conjures a place that's frightfully untouchable all the same. When notions of big-budget music become increasingly rare and name-brand artists are giving fans intimate concerts from their bedrooms via YouTube, Florence Welch's zeal for all things bright and/or shiny comes off as its own act of rebel defiance. Coming to her senses isn't an option.

      — Ryan Dombal, August 13, 2009
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