FLORENCE & THE MA­CHINE

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Lungs (Lim­ited Edi­tion)

Uni­ver­sal

2009 has been a good year for Florence Welch, for­mer art school stu­dent with a ten­dency for potty-mouthed works of art and a pen­chant for lis­ten­ing to the back cat­a­logue of Kate Bush. Lungs was re­leased ear­lier in the year to jus­ti­fied ac­claim. Now it’s been uphol­stered in a hard­book-size four-disc pack­age that in­cludes the orig­i­nal al­bum, a Live at Abbey Road set, a Remixes, Cov­ers and Rar­i­ties disc, and a filmed show from the Rivoli Ball­room (the DVD disc also in­cludes four pro­mo­tional videos). It’s a heady, weighty of­fer­ing that is per­fect for the com­pletist Florence fan as well as, per­haps, any­one in need of mu­si­cal en­light­en­ment in this X-Fac­tor age of iden­tikit karaoke and man­u­fac­tured pop. While the al­bum it­self is enough of an orig­i­nal state­ment of in­tent, check out the rar­i­ties disc for cov­ers of Bey­oncé’s

Halo and Mys­tery Jets’ Flakes. www.flo­rence­andthema­chine.net

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