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Tune of the Week – “Dog Days Are Over”

I think it’s an obsession. Over the last few weeks, I’ve probably listened to “Lungs” more often than any other album hanging around this little box-room of an office. In a year when pop has never been so wide or …

Thu, Aug 6, 2009, 17:00

   

I think it’s an obsession.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve probably listened to “Lungs” more often than any other album hanging around this little box-room of an office. In a year when pop has never been so wide or deep, Florence & The Machine’s debut is the perfect example of this year’s model.

What’s particularly striking is just how many different tribes are championing Florence Welch. Indie kids going mad at Oxegen, packed dancefloors in the wild, wild west, Ronan Collins singing her praises on RTE Radio One: Welch’s sound and songs are tapping into a goldmine at present. You get the feeling that the Electric Picnic really got lucky when they added her to the bill.

We’ll go with the opening track, “Dog Days Are Over”. A burst of supernova Kate Bush by way of a chirpy Bjork, it hits all the right buttons for this time of the year. Truly smashing.