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Florence And The Machine

You can't get much more English than a name like Florence Welch. Her powerful pipes plow through familiar Brit bases -- Joss Stone's neo-soul, P.J. Harvey's eerie rock, Kate Bush's artsy pop, Goldfrapp's flirty electro-pop. But the music of Florence & the Machine is far from derivative, thanks in part to the wealth of musicians Welch has recruited to back her up. Gathering an array of artists has allowed her to delve into various genres, from the garage rock of hit debut single "Kiss with a Fist" to soulful singer-songwriter material and even upbeat dance-pop. The rich combination proved successful as her 2009 debut, Lungs, quickly rose up charts around the world, including the U.S. Billboard 200.

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  • Live at the Hammersmith Apollo

    Florence And The Machine

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    Florence and the Machine (stylised as Florence + the Machine) is the recording name of English musician Florence Welch and a collaboration of other artists who provide backing music for her voice. Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. The band's music received praise across the music media, especially from the BBC, before they gained mainstream success. Specifically, the BBC played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing.
  • NME Breakthrough: Florence And The Machine - Brixton Academy, London

    Florence And The Machine

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 34 min

    Hailing from South London, Florence Mary Leontine Welch writes songs that occupy the same confessional territory as gossip-loving, genre-bending contemporaries like Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash, Adele, and Lily Allen and the moody, classic art rock of Kate Bush, blending pop, soul, and baroque arrangements into a sound that earned the young artist considerable buzz in 2007. Managed by the Camden-based DJ duo the Queens of Noize and backed by a rotating lineup of musicians, Florence + the Machine released their debut single, "Kiss with a Fist," on the Moshi Moshi label in June 2008. The critically acclaimed debut album Lungs followed in July 2009 and quickly became one of the year's most popular releases in the U.K., where Florence charted four Top 40 singles in less than 12 months. The songs gathered steam in other parts of the world, too, particularly in America, where "Dog Days Are Over" peaked at number 21, went platinum, and even earned its own performance on the TV show Glee. Lungs was reissued the following year in a two-disc package entitled Between Two Lungs, and included a bonus 12-track disc that featured live versions and remixes. That same year, Florence + the Machine returned to the studio with producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Adele) to begin work on their second full-length outing.

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