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On A Creature I Don’t Know, Laura Marling's third release, she sounds so confident and mature that the fact she was just 21 at the time of its release seems irrelevant. Her husky, versatile vocals and quirky phrasing puts her in a lineage including Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell, and PJ Harvey, though Marling doesn’t mimic them; she’s already developed her own voice. Her lyrics, rich in symbolism and allusions, are an intriguing blend of traditional English folk song themes and modern introspective singer/songwriter fare. The music is similarly multidimensional. There’s new folk with subtle jazz influences, such as pairing a banjo with a cello, and spare acoustic tracks such as “Night After Night” and “Rest in the Bed.” Elsewhere, “Don’t Ask Why” and “Salinas” are sprawling and lush, “The Beast” is a driving number dominated by textured electric guitar and stark imagery, and “Sophia” is a slow-burning country rocker that starts at a trot and ends in a gallop. Commanding and meticulously crafted, A Creature I Don’t Know is a leap forward for this talented songwriter.

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A true artist

Just like the other albums, the excerpt from each song isn't enough to get the depth and breadth of each piece - you have to actually listen to the whole thing because there are always surprises right around the corner. The songwriting is poetic as ever, the music and her voice is a wealth of nuanced rhythms and progressions for simple melodies that stuck with you - and not in a catchy, poppy way; a sinks into your bones way. I ran out and got the album the day it came out (she's one I want to hard copy of), so while my expectations were already high, they were exceeded. It's an experience. As she said in an interview, her songs are personal but not confessional. I appreciate the distinction and you really do feel the personal and naked nature of her music - I think it pulls something out of you. This, like all her other work, is not to be missed out on.

Amazing as always.

Love her. <3

it's wonderful!

Laura you've never let me down and you haven't done it now. lovely album!


Born: February 1, 1990 in Eversley, Hampshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Laura Marling was only 16 years old when she emerged on the British indie scene in 2007 thanks to a handful of infectious singles made available on her MySpace profile. Endowed with a husky voice, an acoustic guitar, and a gift for building quirky, hooky folk songs (characteristics that find her compared favorably to artists like Lily Allen, Regina Spektor, and Martha Wainwright), Marling quickly made a name for herself throughout England thanks to a heavy touring schedule and a...
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A Creature I Don't Know (Bonus Track Version), Laura Marling
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Sep 13, 2011

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