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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Florence + The Machine - Lungs

Another Suggestion Box review kicks off my Thursday - with Shaqwanda's entry of Flo and the Machine. It's probably my second favorite machine based band name after Rage. There are many bands out there that are just impossible to classify. Standard genre's don't fit. That's why people just label bands indie rock or something of that nature - because it means nothing. Are these guys all rock based? Nope. They have a nice bit of mood music and Florence's voice is very soulful. She has a very bold and powerful tone that is fairly entrancing. It's a semi interesting story how the name came about. Florence used to jam with a childhood friend Isabella Summers. Back then, they referred to each other as Florence Robot and Isa Machine. So that was the name of their band at first. When she realized that name was too long and would drive her nuts, it went from Florence Robot/Isa Machine to just Florence and the Machine. Isabella left the band and came back - but Flo runs through a variety of session musicians for her shows. It will be hard to find an artist that receives so much praise as her right now. Everyone is on board with the type of music she's making. The last person who was so unanimously liked for her music that I can recall was Amy Winehouse. Too bad she couldn't keep it going. Hopefully similar doesn't happen to Flo. She's working on a second album, due out this year. This is very cool. It's got multiple feels and all of them go down smooth. Drink it in B Siders. Happy Thursday!

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

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Kiss With A Fist
2. Cosmic Love
3. Dog Days Are Over

4 out of 5 stars

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