Elaine Constantine

Lungs

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October 21, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

The debut from Britain’s much-fussed-over Florence + the Machine finally hits the States, and Lungs proves they’re worth the adoration. Singer Florence Welch’s immaculately constructed indie pop recalls Regina Spektor, but without the studied artiness: Welch is more concerned with raw emotional release. On standouts like ”Drumming Song” and a soul-shaking version of Candi Staton’s ”You’ve Got the Love,” she achieves that rare melding of spiritual fervor, rock kick, and creative quirk — as if Kate Bush had produced an Annie Lennox album of gospel covers. A-

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