I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
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Based on 20 reviews
2010 Ratings: #16 / 855
Year End Rank: #34
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Based on 70 ratings
2010 Ratings: #26
April 6, 2010 / Release Date
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Astralwerks / Label
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Drowned in Sound

Whatever your opinion of Laura Marling, she is an artist that attracts attention. The main talking point of Alas I Cannot Swim was the age of the artist, juxtaposed with the mature poise of the lyrics and music. Recorded whilst she was but 17, its ponderings on love and all that eventually garnered a Mercury nomination and high positions in those end of year lists. You probably know this.


Reviewing Laura Marling's Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, in 2008, I worried that the then-18-year-old might too quickly shed the teenage guilelessness that contributed so greatly to the record's appeal. Marling possessed an undeniable knack for writing about young love with directness and authentic feeling, but at times her pseudo-profound poetics suggested the young folkie was in too much of a hurry to be a serious adult.

"I speak because I can/ To anyone I trust enough to listen" Laura Marling sings on ISBIC, and it's is a message in itself - insightful and clear. There is a massive difference between hearing a song, and listening to it. And Marling's music exudes that idea. No doubt, it's lovely when it's just on in the background - but when you actually listen to what's being said the music becomes something so much more. Delicately stunning.
☆☆☆ ~ Great and respectable work. Even though the whole project doesn't manages the virtuosity and versatility as a majestic album effectively does, the overall feeling was succesfully positive on me.
A truly impressive leap forward from her precociously promising debut, Laura Marling establishes herself as one of the great singer-songwriter folkies of her generation on the fantastic “I Speak Because I Can.” There are no growing pains on this fully-realized album; instead, we have impeccably written stark meditations on life, love, and loss. Still not old enough to legally drink in the US, Marling sings like someone with a lifetime of experience. Equally comfortable with quick ... read more
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Track List

  1. Devil's Spoke
  2. Made By Maid
  3. Rambling Man
  4. Blackberry Stone
  5. Alpha Shallows
  6. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
  7. Hope In The Air
  8. What He Wrote
  9. Darkness Descends
  10. I Speak Because I Can


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