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Once I Was An Eagle [Explicit]

27 May 2013

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  • Original Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Label: Virgin Records Ltd
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:03:13
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • ASIN: B00CUWTSXQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,683 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2013
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Its official - we can now fully celebrate the fact that within our midst is the supreme modern songwriter with her remarkably short but productive career ranking her alongside the greats. The journey of Laura Marling from the sensitive bedsit balladeer of "Alas I cannot swim" to the epic solo sweep of this new album "Once I was an eagle" has never faltered or been side tracked. Her intensity of purpose has been such that her albums now punctuate time as landmarks and it is a damn painful wait until the next one.

Largely dispensing with her band, Marling has looked inwards and shines an often-dark light on her personal and romantic situation. The word "confessional" has always been a label applied to her but there is something altogether more penetrating and often hurtful at play in this record. Producer Ethan Johns has again let her songs expand and breath. This is exemplified in the first seven songs where Marling and Johns let them flow and in essence they morph one into the other in an almost seamless sequence. In the hands of a lesser songwriter this could be a stifling bore but Marling performs small miracles in these compositions. One unifying factor is a link through a frenetic guitar motif which harks back to the Indian themes of the Dharohar Project, but despite this these songs stand in their own right as an powerful statement where Marling snarls, emotes and accuses ex lovers of the ultimate romantic failing - sheer disappointment. In the stunning title track she ruefully reflects "I will not be a victim of romance/I will not be a victim of circumstance/Chance or circumstance or romance/Or any man who could get his dirty little hands on me".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert johnston on 23 Dec 2013
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Everything just gets better and better with Marling. Unlike her more recent albums, this one features mostly Marling herself, bandless, becoming more and more erudite on guitar, unleashing elegiac ragas and Spanish cat's cradles (the expressive Little Love Caster. Non-guitar sounds including organ and lap steel are provided by multi-instrumentalistproducer Ethan Johns and two close friends: Ruth de Turberville on cello (she provides the vinyl-flipping Interlude halfway in) and keyboardist Peter Roecorrect, on board since the first record.

Once I Was an Eagle finds this very English singer-songwriter living in LA (although not, as you might have assumed, in Laurel Canyon). Reading between the lines, she may have followed her heart (there is a "new friend, across the sea", whose life she asks to be "figured into" on When Were You Happy?). Well, it worked for Richard Thompson.

As the translucence of those lines suggest, ...Eagle leaves behind, to some extent, the cat-and-mouse fictionalising of Marling's earlier songs, which were often inspired by literary sources or heavily cloaked scenarios. It speaks more directly of her own hard-won romantic qualifications. She is, still, a 23-year-old figuring it all out, but one who sings things like "When we were in love/I was an eagle/and you were a dove," never wallowing, always sifting for silver in the silt of human relations.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Martin Fielding on 27 May 2013
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Whether directed at Mr Mumford, other suitors unknown or maybe even in some cases herself, the songs in this collection deal with love, betrayal, hope, anger and, a word tellingly used more than once here, naivety. There have been some great break-up albums over the years but this may just be one of the greatest - it will take time to assimilate and compare it properly it to the likes of Blood on the Tracks, Nether Lands and Rumours, but what is clear already is that this is a work of astonishing quality from one so young. The excellence of the lyrics are especially worthy of note in this context - from the glorious early triptych of I Was An Eagle, You Know and Breathe (tracks 2, 3 and 4) to the final track Saved These Words, the lyrical maturity exhibited here is truly extraordinary. I wanted immediately to check what albums Joni Mitchell had produced by the same age - and the answer is none! The comparisons to Mitchell will be inevitable not only lyrically but also in terms of her singing style and her music (which is reminiscent of Hejira in places) but Laura is clearly her own person and treading her own path to mega-stardom which will come sooner rather than later on this evidence. An outstanding achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 May 2013
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This is the fourth album from the English songstress de jour Laura Marling. I think it is probably one of her best, it is certainly her most consistent. Marling has written what sounds like a very personal and meaningful set of songs, her writing has certainly matured and flowered over the last couple of releases. Teamed with Ethan Johns, the album is filled with her distinctive powerful voice leading us through tales of love, betrayal, loss and other griefs. There is an undercurrent of anger in her voice, as well as heartbreak. Just behind her voice is a deceptively simple sounding backing, that perfectly supports her voice where needed, erupting into outspoken bridges bursting with energy that breaks up the record and prevents it becoming one note dreary. The tone is firmly rooted in some of our folk traditions, but Marling is a bit of a musical magpie, and there are stretches that are influenced by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (indeed, the bass line from `I was an Eagle' seems to have been lifted wholesale from Pink Floyd's `Fearless' on the `Meddle' album). Stand out tracks are the energetic `Master Hunter', with Marling's superb fast singing, and `I was an Eagle', with a great lyric (and bass line).

A great album, from a great singer/songwriter. I feel that as well as her best lyrics to date, her teaming with Ethan Johns has produced a sound that totally suits her, and is quite spectacular. 5 stars for this delight of an album.
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