New York City got the love this weekend as Florence fired up her Machine (and her two very capable lungs), inviting the Saturday Night Live audience to spend a “Dog Day” evening with her. The fiery chanteuse performed the jubilant smash that put her on the map, as well as the Q Award-winning “You’ve Got the Love.” Anyone who thinks the performances were less than stellar clearly hasn’t been paying attention to Florence + the Machine’s ascent in the music scene lately. See for yourself after the jump.
Flo took the stage looking particularly leggy in a short black dress and some very high heels, delivering another stirring rendition of “Dog Days Are Over” (but no, it didn’t match her exhilarating performance at the VMA’s this year). Clearly, the woman knows how to belt — and effortlessly captures our attention with her stage presence, even when she’s barely moving.
Following that, the unique beauty returned in a longer (but still black) gown to perform “You’ve Got the Love.” Not surprisingly, her singing was perfectly lovely, though the song lacks the verve and distinct spark of moody passion that “Dog Days” and most other cuts from Lungs possess.
It’s only natural that Flo would perform her two most mainstream hits on such a widely-viewed television program, but we’re getting antsy to see live versions of the darker, heavier material from the album, too.