Florence and the Machine – Lungs | Hal Leonard OnlineAs their first three releases topped U. Once a full band was recruited, they signed with Island Records in November. Their critically acclaimed debut album, Lungs, followed in July and quickly became one of the year's most popular releases in the U. The songs gathered steam in other parts of the world, too, particularly in America, where the anthemic "Dog Days Are Over" peaked at number 21 and went platinum. Lungs was reissued the following year in a two-disc package entitled Between Two Lungs, adding a bonus track disc that featured live versions, remixes by the Horrors and Yeasayer, and Twilight soundtrack inclusion "Heavy in Your Arms.
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The band's music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC, which played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing. The band's music is renowned for its dramatic and eccentric production and also Welch's powerful vocal performances. The band's debut studio album, Lungs, was released on 6 July , and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. On 17 January , the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. As of October , the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of and The group's second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October , entered the charts at number one in the UK and number six in the US.
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Florence Welch discusses Florence and the Machine's new album, 'High as Hope,' as well as sobriety, embracing loneliness and Patti Smith. This morning, strangely, she went to a museum exhibit that was all about cabins. I lived in South London, so there were no prairies. In conversation, Welch is much more lighthearted than she is in song. The lyrics of her latest Florence and the Machine album — the ornate and intimate pop opus, High as Hope — read like diary entries. In its 10 songs, she tackles eating disorders, meeting people on ecstasy and finding the middle ground between happiness and depression. But off the mic, the auburn-haired year-old, speaks in a lilting soprano, laughs plenty and has an endearing self-effacing quality that you might not expect from a multiplatinum artist.
Even though the bleak words were as familiar as any, those scrawled lines viscerally brought home the pain the writer felt as he faced up to his struggling marriage. Her reliance on notebooks has been well documented, with privileged interviewers allowed to view the sheets this exuberant performer has filled with drawings and words, often in felt-tip, evidence of a fecund visual imagination. Likewise, Lou Reed has been honoured by the more playful Pass Thru Fire , which uses typography and visual effects, including what appear to be teardrops on the page, to make up the inert nature of verses divorced from music. Walker, who has chosen the songs depicted in his collection, has gone for a straighter design, with a few lines twisting or falling down the page. He certainly avoids any explanation beyond those already found in existing sleevenotes. Also notable is how Walker focuses more on recent material rather than his Sixties heyday, even including unreleased songs from the past couple of years.