While I can't say I've been with Florence and the Machine from the very beginning, I am proud to say that I discovered this incredible artist several months before she started getting wider exposure in the US through TV commercials and movie promos. It's so rare these days to find an artist with a truly unique sound, but that is exactly what you get from Florence and the Machine. Florence Welch's voice is simply mesmerizing and beautiful, and I can only describe her music as ethereal and downright hypnotic - and the diversity of musical styles to be found wrapped around these 13 tracks is amazing. Individual songs such as Dog Days Are Over feature amazing transitions within themselves, as Florence can go back and forth from a soft and poetic delivery to a howling crescendo of emotion at the drop of a hat. She may borrow from many different musical influences, but her sound is entirely her own. In terms of creativity, raw emotional depth, and meaningful lyrics, I would rank Florence way up there, not too far behind Tori Amos (and believe me when I say that this is high praise indeed).
I wish I had the depth of musical knowledge needed to truly do this album justice. I can't even begin to describe Florence's music - it's something you really have to experience on your own. All I can say is that I've listened to this album numerous times over the last several months and have yet to begin to tire of it. You can pick and choose individual tracks to listen to and never go wrong, but Lungs is really an album that should be listened to in its entirety - with the repeat button on to start the whole thing over again when it's finished. This is a musical work of art that captures your full attention each and every time you hear it.