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2017 release, the sixth album from the British folk snger/songwriter. Semper Femina is an intimate, devoted exploration of femininity and female relationships, and among her finest work to date. Written largely on the tour that followed 2015's Short Movie and recorded in Los Angeles with production from Blake Mills, it is at once a distinctive and musically compelling collection of songs, run through with Marling's fierce intelligence; a keen, beautiful and unparalleled take on womanhood. Laura's debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle were each nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Brit Awards.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.04 x 4.92 x 0.24 inches; 2.26 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Music Canada Inc.
- Original Release Date : 2017
- Date First Available : November 29, 2016
- Label : Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN : B01MQPVYGE
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,106 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The big crisp sound comes through crystalline pure, whether in the lushly orchestrated songs or in the intimate and sparse acoustic ones. Credit for this goes largely to producer/backup guitarist Blake Mills, who sympathetically complements the songwriter's vision with his warm production values. Marling herself deserves a heap of kudos for crafting structurally varied songs that nevertheless mesh perfectly in their strong feminist approach and also for her finesse on the acoustic guitar. Even the uncharacteristic and slightly off-kilter synthesized percussive touches on the Portishead-like "Don't Pass Me By" fit in well here.
After the considerable variety in the first four tracks, the next four settle into a breezy folk stance reasonably compared to Joni Mitchell by some critics. I'd say I even hear an English folk answer to the very American Gillian Welch at times on the second half of the record.
Then comes the scorching album-closer "Nothing Not Nearly," the closest the artist comes to rocking out on SEMPER FEMINA. Marling's sublime voice elevates this song to one of the best you'll hear all year by seamlessly sounding firm and resolute yet delicate and kind.
What a glorious musical revelation indeed!
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Quality of recording was excellent especially the artist’s voice
Excellent lyrics and music