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A Creature I Don't Know

Laura Marling Audio CD
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'A Creature I Don't Know' has been confirmed as the title of the third album by Laura Marling, it will be released on the 12th of September on Virgin Records, and is produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Emmylou Harris).

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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0056ZJL5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A Creature I Don't Know is produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Emmylou Harris). It follows the success of her sophomore record I Speak Because I Can (also produced by Johns) and her debut Alas I Cannot Swim, both of which were Mercury nominated. In February 2011 she won the Best British Female Solo Artist prize at the Brit Awards, and best solo artist at the NME awards. This edition comes in the original digipack.

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3rd and 'most provocative yet' from 21 year-old singer/songwriter. Produced by Ethan Johns

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album - terrible vinyl pressing 13 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
The music gets 5 stars. This is a really amazing album
However....I really don't appreciate paying [] for a box set that includes a vinyl pressing of such appalling quality. The whole vinyl album has a sound running in the background that sounds like a distant airplane overlaid with insistent crackles and clicks. I'm sorry, just not good enough
The box set itself is an extraordinarily large box - odd in these environmentally conscious times - the download could have been the studio master but it isn't, shame
Still....5 stars for the wonderful music...I just expected the 'package' to do it justice
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major step up 3 Nov 2011
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Laura is a staggering talent who has already produced an impressive body of work at the age of 21. Her third album represents a major step up - she transcends her folk roots with a much more adventurous and tonally varied effort, from the jazzy opener The Muse to the awesome The Beast, one of the best rock songs in years. It's so exciting to think what she might do next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great album 27 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a little darker than Laura Marling's other albums but still great. In it I hear traces of Leonard Cohen and Bert Jansch to name a few. I prefer her previous album to this one and I think it's too different to Alas I Cannot Swim to compare them. Nonetheless it's a good album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marling the Magnificent 12 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
Thoroughly enjoyed this album though the mood is a little dark it proved to be Marling's metier. Great arrangements of significant song-writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE Class 24 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely mesmerising! Listen, then listen again. The band she has surrounded herself with just seem to grow and grow. One day she will be appreciated as one of the greatest musicians The United Kindom has every offered.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'd never heard of Laura Marling until about August 2011 when I saw her do "New Romantic" on a BBC4 TV acoustic compilation show.
After hearing that I got everything I could and went to see her at the Manchester Cathedral gig in October 2011, the extra CD with this limited edition is from the York Minster date on that tour.
The regular album itself is full of deep/funny/dark lyrics and the music is folk-tinged with a bit of an American influence - she sounds a bit like Dylan on a few tracks in her delivery but unlike Mr Zimmerman she's got a wonderful voice.
I actually prefer her first album but all three albums are essential imho so it's splitting hairs.
The live album, as might be expected, features songs from all three albums so i'd suggest anyone who'd like to buy one Laura Marling album to see what the fuss is about could do a lot worse than this 2cd set.
The gig at Manchester Cathedral was the most wonderful gig i've been to, she's an amazing singer and songwriter.
Buy it, buy the 2CD set, do it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest young talent in years 8 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've only just caught up with Laura Marling but she just has to be the finest young talent to emerge in this country (or anywhere else) for many many years. Sophisticated complex songwriting that's downright jawdropping and melodies that almost bring you to tears. This album and its predecessor bear comparison with the very best of PJ Harvey, Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch. Breathtaking! I'm 56. How can a 20 year old have such an impact on me? But she does. Like no one else on the planet right now. I'd thought Gillian Welch had produced the album of the year but I was wrong. This is it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant. I can't stop playing it.
Published 8 days ago by Brian Meek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding album - just buy it
Published 1 month ago by Peshmiem
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love her music!
I already had the original single cd version of ACIDK, but when I heard about the double disc copy, including live at York Minster, I hesitated a bit then decided to buy it, and am... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. J. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars great album...
great album...I bought this as a present and was expecting a copy of it to go straight to my cloud drive but alas it did not....any reasons why? Read more
Published 8 months ago by haveacuppatea!
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat
I bought this on the back of a review i heard on the radio and I'm so pleased I did. Some gently folky accoustic tracks with some fantastic grungy guitar and drum backed tracks... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Guy of Ayton
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
it's a bit samey in places but she is a brilliant musician
if you like Laura and predictability then you will like this
Published 11 months ago by jill brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
I've only started listening to Laura Marling. I bought her 'I Speak Because I Can' and thought it was excellent. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Michael Cosgrove
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite listenable but not outstanding
Laura clearly has a talent but in my view is still quite raw in this album. However still quite a pleasant album to listen to.
Published 15 months ago by nessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Product arrived literally the next day in the best packaging imaginable. Product was exactly as described and far from disappointing
Published 16 months ago by Bethany Keegan
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