I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
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Based on 20 reviews
2010 Ratings: #15 / 875
Year End Rank: #31
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Based on 111 ratings
2010 Ratings: #35
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April 6, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
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.

Before delving into Laura's latest album, I thought I'd discuss one of her previous works. A true opus in the folk genre as a whole.

Laura manages to craft a lovely, textured and rich album packed with nothing but lively instrumentation. The atmosphere crafted by the layers of the instrumentation is so organic, so homegrown. It's absolutely enchanting on almost every level. Every guitar string sounds so crisp and clear.

The songwriting is just as great. Marling's writing emits a high level ... read more
Laura Marling followed up her acclaimed debut with I Speak Because I Can, a beautiful folk album from one of the UK's best songwriters.
Decent in places but really inconsistent in terms of quality, not the sort of project I would return to.

Best Track: I Speak Because I Can
Worst Track: Made By Maid
A really great album. A new favorite of mine. A raw album that isn't lofi, and has some incredible songs . Beautiful voice.
"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.
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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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