11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Laura Marling’s second studio album reveals that the young singer/songwriter surely possesses an old soul. She inflects with the matured depth of a world-weary tunesmith on the opening “Devil’s Spoke,” a slice of timeless Americana where banjo, guitar, bass, drums and Marling’s smoky inflections all come. The spare “Made By Maid” utilizes only an acoustic guitar and Marling’s voice to play as though she was waxing on the muse’s point of view from Neil Young’s “A Man Needs a Maid.” Producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon) gives I Speak Because I Can an exquisite mix where negative space accompanies Marling’s restraint, giving more room to those uplifting moments as heard halfway through “Rambling Man,” where everything is suddenly played and sung all at once. It’s like the sun bursting through a break in the clouds. Backed by Mumford & Sons, the album’s standout “Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)” plays with a lilting elegance enveloped in hushed string arrangements and sublime woodwinds. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Laura Marling’s second studio album reveals that the young singer/songwriter surely possesses an old soul. She inflects with the matured depth of a world-weary tunesmith on the opening “Devil’s Spoke,” a slice of timeless Americana where banjo, guitar, bass, drums and Marling’s smoky inflections all come. The spare “Made By Maid” utilizes only an acoustic guitar and Marling’s voice to play as though she was waxing on the muse’s point of view from Neil Young’s “A Man Needs a Maid.” Producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings Of Leon) gives I Speak Because I Can an exquisite mix where negative space accompanies Marling’s restraint, giving more room to those uplifting moments as heard halfway through “Rambling Man,” where everything is suddenly played and sung all at once. It’s like the sun bursting through a break in the clouds. Backed by Mumford & Sons, the album’s standout “Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)” plays with a lilting elegance enveloped in hushed string arrangements and sublime woodwinds. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
95 Ratings
95 Ratings
ElizabethCNY90 ,

She Is Fantastic!!!

Honestly...why isn't she more popular ?!! She is amazing! I put her right up there with Mumford&Sons and The Civil Wars.

cstarcev ,

she is a genius.

Everyone should know who Laura Marling is. She is one of the most amazing artists I have heard and I have fell in love with everything that she writes. Buy this cd now.

LVanza ,

Beautiful and honest

What a relief we still have artists and real song writers

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