The band's 2009 debut album, Lungs, is a full-length masterpiece of elaborately-adorned pop songs showcasing Welch's powerful, evocative voice. "Kiss With A Fist" is Welch's ode to punk-rock, "Dog Days Are Over" is a triumphant girl-power anthem, and "Cosmic Love" is a dreamy orchestral gem. Simple is not a word that applied to Florence and the Machine. Songs are full of strong drum beats, layered vocals, and sparkly flourishes, but somehow Welch's commanding lyrics and voice always shine through.
In the sea of british female vocalists of late, Florence Welch stands out as a dynamic and creative force at only 24. Live, Welch is known for her eccentric costumes (sparkly, fringed jumpsuit anyone?) and compelling stage presence, both of which seem like necessities to match her addictive and enthralling power-pop tracks. Witness the magic below and try not to be inexplicably captivated. I dare you.