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Laura Marling  A Creature I Don´t Know 

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know (2011)
Album released: September 12th (13th US), 2011
Record Label: Virgin Records/Ribbon MUsic
Born: 1 February 1990
Origin: Eversley, Hampshire, England  
Website: http://www.lauramarling.com/
All songs were written by Laura Marling.
1.The Muse - 3:40
2.I Was Just a Card - 3:30
3.Don't Ask Me Why - 3:58
4.Salinas - 4:37
5.The Beast - 5:44
6.Night After Night - 5:08
7.My Friends - 3:58
8.Rest in the Bed - 3:08
9.Sophia - 4:51
10.All My Rage - 2:47
11.Flicker and Fail (iTunes USA bonus track)
Graham 'Grazzly' Brown - double bass
Ruth de Turberville - cello / backing vocals
Marcus Hamblett - banjo / trumpet / + many more
... Matt Ingram - drums / backing vocals
Pete Roe - piano / organ / backing vocals
Producer: Ethan Johns
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/lauramarling
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lauramarling?sk=app_57675755167   Laura Marling @ Union Chapel - Photo of Laura MarlingLaura Marling

Laura Marling, Union Chapel
Laura Marling grows up fast. Only 17 years old during the recording of Alas, I Cannot Swim – an early benchmark in the British folk revival that now dominates the UK mainstream – she’s since matured into a classic songwriter, boasting a voice that recalls the folksingers of her parents’ generation. On her third album, Marling continues building her way toward a fuller, broader sound, adding touches of chamber pop and amplified guitar noise to an otherwise acoustic base. Returning to the producer’s seat is Ethan Johns, who knows when to zoom in on Marling’s voice, a conversational alto that croons personal details about her love life with the literate, old-world flair of an indie folk Jane Austen, and when to pull out the wide-angle lens for panoramic rock songs
like “The Beast.”
A Creature I Don’t Know is all about beasts. They share Marling’s bed in “The Beast,” a five-minute crescendo of minor-key guitar arpeggios and pounding percussion, and roar in the background of “Salinas,” an imaginative character sketch set in John Steinbeck’s hometown. On the album’s opening number, “The Muse,” Marling even imagines herself as one of their kind, pursuing either a lover or a bit of inspiration with animal-like hunger. “Don’t you be scared of me,” she sings, her voice never recalling Joni Mitchell as vividly as it does here. “I’m nothing but the beast, and I’ll call on you when I need to feast.”
Like the 1960s folk bards she so audibly admires, Marling delivers her lyrics like they’re lines of poetry, launching into a womanly vibrato one moment and a bemused speaking voice the next. The elastic delivery helps push her songs forward, adding kinetic energy to the softest of ballads without ruining any sense of intimacy. Whenever other musicians join her, though, Marling straightens out her prose, allowing the instruments some extra room to breathe. Everyone thinks of her as a solo artist, but Marling knows how to handle herself as a bandleader, and Creature features some of her best ensemble songs to date.
Working with her full touring lineup, she packs the bigger songs full of keyboards, strings, fingerplucked guitar, and even the occasional toot from a horn. It’s rare that everyone plays at once; when they do, it’s like the action-packed climax of an art house film, the simple increase in volume magnified by the calmness of the music before it. “Sophia” slowly builds itself into one of the album’s largest moments, the drums making a fashionably late entrance at the three-minute mark to turn what began as a ballad into an uptempo folk-rocker. One song later, “All My Rage” ends the album on another high note, pairing a Celtic melody with lilting gang vocals.
Still, Marling doesn’t sound like she’s ready to leave the coffeehouse completely behind. “Night After Night” is stripped-down folk at its most confessional, comprising nothing more than an acoustic guitar and softly spun lyrics about love gone sour. “I should just leave instead of deceive you, but I don’t,” she sings, her voice weighed down by a sense of weariness far beyond her 21 years. She brightens her tone slightly for “Rest In The Bed,” a ballad in which the two characters are still in love, but even that song has a fatalistic, slightly dark refrain: “All that I have are these bones … And all you can do is promise me bold that you won’t let me grow dark or cold as long as we both shall live.”
Marling has always sounded like an adult, even when she wasn’t one. Now that she’s got the actual years to back up her world-weary tone, she’s all the more thrilling. Maybe it’s the beast within.
Taken from: https://www.americansongwriter.com/2011/09/laura-marling-a-creature-i-don%e2%80%99t-know/

'Sophia', from the album 'A Creature I Don't Know', will receive its very first ever radio play tonight on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. Listen in from 7pm BST to hear it, plus a little interview with LM: www.bbc.co.uk/radio1
Laura Marling’s new album “A Creature I Don’t Know”, set for release on the 12th of September, is another testament to this woman’s ability as a songwriter. It’s got a different edge to her previous work, but in a sense in the same vein as 2010′s  “I Speak Because I Can”. Proabably due to producer Ethan Johns’ hand in both projects.
What were flashes of rootyness and blues in “I Speak…” have flourished into all out jazz and blues indulgences in this album, most prevalent in the opener ‘The Muse’. Marling is still brilliantly British and clear voiced, and while the Joni Mitchell comparisons and other pinned ’folk hero’ influences of yester-years will no doubt continue to follow her career, she is undoubtedly doing something that’s unique and most definitely worth taking note of. Touches of Americana, country, folk, roots, jazz, blues and rock are explored with her distinctly English sound.
I’ve heard Marling state in interviews she’s not into loud drums and strummed electric guitar – that’s clearly changed in this album. Her drummer’s making himself heard – ‘Salinas’ has a sweet outro with many a drum fill and solid hit. Track 5, ‘the Beast’, is about as heavy as it gets – fuzzy and distorted electric guitars and pushing drum beats all tied together with a tale of sexually charged ambiguity, so ‘Put your eyes away if you can’t bare to see your old lady lay down next to the beast’. …hectic.
My Friends” is a beautiful highlight on the album, a heart-wrenching song closed with an air of what’s either complete convinction or snide sarchasm, leading into the engaging and haunting ‘Rest in the Bed’ which is more “I Speak Because I Can” in feel and sound.
Overall “A Creature I Don’t Know” is another solid, six-syllable-titled album from Marling. From the new territory she pushes into (‘I Was Just a Card’ is a soulful track with an intro that almost seems like a Burt Bacharach homage) to the more ‘classic’ Marling sounds – it’s astounding that a songwriter of such youth has made such headway. This is a great listen from front to back and well worth your time, fan or not.
Published by liam on September 5th, 2011

Websites: http://www.lauramarling.com/


'A Creature I Don't Know' special edition. Available domestically in the UK, US and Australia. Pre-order: http://bit.ly/lm-albumorder

- the CD album
- DVD including acoustic performance, “Sophia” music video & short film
- 12″ inch LP album with an anamorphic picture disk and guitar slide viewer
- high quality MP3 album download
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