Lungs celebrates its 10-year anniversary

(C) Tom Beard

(C) Tom Beard


Lungs, the ground-breaking debut album by Florence + the Machine, turned 10 years old today (3rd July 2019). To celebrate, Florence + the Machine have released lots of little goodies for all the fans to enjoy, showing that the album continues to influence and shape modern music, even to this day.

Released on the 3rd July 2009, Lungs was a “scrapbook” of songs written by Florence Welch during her teenage years up until its release when she was 22. Kiss With A Fist was the first single released from the album way back in 2008, but it was Dog Days Are Over and subsequently Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) and You’ve Got The Love which sent Florence + the Machine high into the dizzying heights of success. Its critical acclaim won the album a BRIT Award in 2010, as well as a Mercury Prize nomination and 3x platinum status in the United Kingdom.

To celebrate, Florence + the Machine are releasing an anniversary edition of the LP - a red colour LP, cassette, and an exclusive double vinyl box set.

Lungs anniversary edition box-set LP

As well as the new LP release, Florence + the Machine uploaded the much-loved but rare demo versions of two pre-Lungs songs: Donkey Kosh and My Best Dress, which are now available to listen to on all streaming sites and YouTube.

Lastly, let’s not forget the tributes you’ve all paid to the album to mark its monumental decade. Check out this wonderful podcast which goes through Lungs and its memories track-by-track.

This album is so incredibly poetic; I must’ve listened to it a hundred times from start to finish in just the first month after it’s release. My favourites have changed throughout the years, each song’s meaning hits me differently as I’ve grown, but Between Two Lungs is the definition of music as art. Thank you, Florence + The Machine, for continuing to share your gift with us for the last decade.
— Kayla Almaguer
One of the best pop/rock album EVER!!!! So fresh, creative and powerful!! And the vids, the remixes... She entered the ball with a bang and never lost it! She’s mesmerising on stage!! Happy birthday to a funking great album!!!
— Alex Ciccone

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