11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

RachelQZ ,

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.

Georgiepoo777 ,

wow

The first time I played this album, I wasn't sure about whether I liked it. I was up waiting for it to come out and i adore her to death. I think i speak because i can was the best album in history. she did something very different, its alot more country aspects. after about the 5th time i heard the laura i love.
incredibly beautiful and haunting

cstarcev ,

for the third time, she does it again.

Laura Marling never ceases to amaze me. It's not music, but a work of art.

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