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7/10 Markybod 7th April 2015
A big step forward.
The musical sponge that is Laura Marling steps out of the shadow of Noah and the Whale and into the shadow of Mumford and Sons on this her second release.
That may be a tad unfair but on the whole true. That familiar rolling banjo lick that made up the whole of the Mumfords first two albums is present here on a couple of tracks along with Marcus Mumfords dulcet tones. That I found a bit distracting but there is much to enjoy here.
After the bluesy stomp of opener 'Devil Spoke' we start to hear the voice that Laura goes on to perfect in later albums. Lyrically she is as strong as she ever will be. 'Rambling Man' is also a good tune.
This is still not the fully formed Marling of 'Once I Was an Eagle' and 'Short Stories' but considering her tender years you really have to take your hat off to her. Put it back on, and then take it off again.
Hit buy, thank me later.
9/10 Penrith Steve 9th January 2015
"I Speak Because I Can" is Laura Marling's second album and arguably her best. Released in 2010, I view this as a massive step forward from her 2008 debut "Alas, I Cannot Swim", which did show that she had something special. I still think "Ghosts" is one of her best songs, However, she seems more consistent and confident in her performance here. The album contains what is arguably her best song, "Rambling Man", without doubt, a modern folk-pop classic. Songs such as "Blackberry Stone" and "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)" strengthen the backbone of an album that still gets better with every listen.
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