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A Creature I Don't Know

Laura MarlingVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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At the tail-end of the Summer, just before work began on her second album, Laura Marling sat down with producer Ethan Johns to discuss her ambitions for the record. She gave Johns just two instructions: "This is very much my stepping stone," she told him. "And this is England."
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  • Vinyl (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ribbon Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,091 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Muse
2. I Was Just a Card
3. Don't Ask Me Why
4. Salinas
5. The Beast
6. Night After Night
7. My Friends
8. Rest in the Bed
9. Sophia
10. All My Rage

Editorial Reviews


"It navigates emotional whirlpools with deft twists....Her star power remains undiminished." --Q Magazine

Product Description

A Creature I Don't Know is Laura Marling's third album. Since her emergence from the London folk scene in 2007 Laura continues to be one of the most exciting musical talents of her generation. A Creature I Don't Know is a boldly accomplished and endlessly impressive album. Ten songs of intricate and captivating story telling, buoyed by Marling's rich voice, evocative lyrics and the precise, confident playing on every track. Her delivery is pitch perfect, her voice going from delicate whisper to brooding murmur and rousing wail, sometimes all in the very same sentence.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The forward march of Laura Marling continues unabated and seems unstoppable. Her last album "I speak because I can" landed as a fully formed and assured work where comparisons to great singer songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian and Laura Nyro were not only possible but also entirely appropriate. On "A Creature I don't know" her third album (and remember she is only 21) she produces an album full of different colours and moods ranging from jazzy hoedowns', to Spanish inflected acoustics and in "the Beast" a uber powerful electronic lament which P J Harvey would have been proud to write. Marling also develops the trend found in "I speak" to a much braver confessional style of lyrics and lays her heart bare in a number of the songs, with broken romance the central theme. All these factors add up to a heady mix and it is hardly surprising that her forthcoming "Cathedral" tour is the hottest ticket in town.

The album starts by Marling's standards in a musical mood of frivolity with "The Muse" and "I was just a card". The first is a jazzy whirl of banjo's and cello's where Marling warns "Don't you be scared of me/I'm nothing but the beast/And I'll call on you when I need to feast." The second takes as its template the sort of melodic pop balladry of vintage Joni Mitchell circa "Court and Spark". It has enough that is distinctive to set it aside from mere reverence and it is a sparkling start. Things slow perceptibly in the next track "Don't ask me why" which would have happily fitted on "I Speak" and the powerful John Steinbeck inspired "Salinas" where you detect that Marling has become a more polished and sultry singer with the passage of time. As stated above "the Beast" is a real point of departure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautiful release by Marling November 9, 2011
By Leah
Format:Audio CD
Since folk musician Laura Marling released her critically acclaimed debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim, in the spring of 2008, she has steadily been rising in popularity with her thoughtful songs of lost love, religion, and death. Her second album, I Speak Because I Can, followed in 2010 and also received high praise--both albums were nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize. This week, the fair-skinned, blonde-haired waif released her highly anticipated third album, A Creature I Don't Know.

The English songstress, who prefers Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters to modern pop culture, reflects such tastes in her songs; her lyrics are quite literary in style and manage to avoid both cliché and pretension. One can easily see Marling's reported enjoyment of books such as Wuthering Heights reflected in her music; as the book explores the dark side of love, so do Marling's songs often evoke a wariness of romantic love. Even her new song "Rest In The Bed," which includes lyrics such as "all I want in life is to hold your hand," cannot manage to convince the listener that devoting your life to someone is a wonderful thing. The song's dark, heavy tone and scattered references to shadows and sirens detract from the seemingly romantic lyrics; it's as if all ideas of such happiness are doomed. It's quite a beautiful song, with Marling's clear voice accompanied by her signature soft acoustic plucking.

The album opens with "The Muse," an up-tempo number that is a surprising departure from the primarily acoustic and often melancholy songs typical of Marling's first two albums. Her songs are often rich and dramatic, but this is jazzy, piano-driven piece is the first one to bridge the gap to become theatrical.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy, gorgeous, and full of variety September 13, 2011
By Jeff
Format:MP3 Music
Laura Marling has always been known for her old soul, but A Creature I Don't Know is what I'd call her first truly mature album. Her debut was fantastic if slightly top-heavy, her second album was a bit too bleak for my taste, but now on her third I feel like she's finally found her sweet spot. The opening songs are some of her jazziest and most upbeat yet, but they don't forgo any of the delicate beauty that is her trademark, and her lyrics are just as compelling as always. I feel like this album is simultaneously her most consistent and most varied - the growling guitars of "The Beast" are a huge departure, but it doesn't come at the expense of her trademark folk. Highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness September 24, 2011
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Ok, her first release is her best so far. Her second release is her second best. This, her third release is the weakest of the 3 in my opinion. However, and this is a big giant "however", her weakest release is still a strong 5 stars. That's how incredible her other 2 releases are. I like them better, yes, but this is still...greatness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beast & the Goddess of Wisdom September 13, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
"I am wounded by dust..."

With hints of Joni, Ani, & Tori, Laura Marling emerges as something completely new. With her third album at 21 years of age, she draws on wisdom and knowledge in her storytelling, and depth in her musicality, full of subtlity and gracefulness. The Beast, as she refers to it, shows up through the entire album in multiple incarnations, as her, a lover, and an incorporeal entity. Always an expert in a turn of a phrase (listen: "Alas I Cannot Swim" & "I Speak Because I Can"), with this album, she reaches into your soul and takes you on a journey. As an album, it is tight with the songs weaving in and out of each other. If I had to choose, "Sophia", "Salinas", and "Night after Night" would be the stand-outs since they stay with you after you finish listening.

This is an album that everyone who loves good music must have in their collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great talent!
Published 19 days ago by ShoeTree
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous throwback/ahead-of-its time record
Beautiful musicianship, arresting images, a really gripping album that's beautiful. The love child of all your favorite 60s/70s female stars. Gorgeous voice, amazing guitar too.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Sarah E. McKibben
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop it
I'm not a paid ad writer for you people. And I shouldn't have to write editorials to get you off my screen
Published 3 months ago by jimjays
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Album!
This is a glorious album with songwriting of the highest quality. I had the pleasure of seeing Laura play at Joe's Pub in NYC a few years back, and it's not surprising that she... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Reis Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM!
This arrived in perfect working order, but did not have the original packaging, as described. That didn't even matter in the long run because the CD played perfectly and I enjoyed... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Linz
3.0 out of 5 stars different for sure
I bought this resulting from great review....never works for me...but have to say it has grown on me a bit......great lyrics
Published on September 13, 2012 by ladyprof
3.0 out of 5 stars She's not Joni and it's not jazz
One of the songs from this album got a lot of local airplay - "Sophia." I got the song first and decided to get the rest of the album based on that. Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by Sandal
3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more
"All My Rage" is brilliant, and that's the track that got me into Laura Marling. After voraciously watching everything on youtube, I finally bought this album on sale. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Mallory
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! just give it time..
when i first got this i was expecting a similar album to her first two and i must admit i was at first disappointed because it sounded sort of different and not to my taste. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by L. M. Jaafar
2.0 out of 5 stars music CD
Not what I expected, not to my taste for music, to much talking.Maybe I'm to old for this type of music
Published on January 23, 2012 by Phil Sr.
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