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Creature I Don't Know Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0056ZJL5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 13, 2011
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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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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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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By Thomas Shope on 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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"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. There are some good tracks but it is not what I was hoping it would be. Without having listened to her other albums, I would venture to say that this is possibly her weakest album. It was less melodic and introspective than I was expecting based on my previous exposure to her music. Her music is still very introspective, but on a whole the album lacks real memorability or enough of those hooks that keep you humming the tunes. Hopefully I'll love her other albums!
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