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3.0 out of 5 stars Live CD a disappointment., 17 April 2012
This review is from: A Creature I Don't Know (Audio CD)
This is not a review of the A Creature I Don't Know album, which I think is excellent and was one of my favourite albums to come out of 2011. This is a review for the new Live CD from York Minster. Having been at the gig myself I can say that it was a great concert. Laura and her band were on top form and sounded great, the audience loved it, the banter between songs was great, the setting was magnificent, I can't rate the experience highly enough. Has it been captured on CD? No. All the best live albums are edited to sound like or are one whole track, with each song running into each other. Here, as soon as the crowd cheers they are faded out and there is a silent pause before the next song. By doing this you get absolutely no feel of the gig and how it was accepted by the audience. All the banter between tracks, which also helps with the atmosphere of the gig, has been edited out. It makes it sound like these could all be separate tracks from different venues on the tour. You don't feel like you are listening to a concert in one place at one time. If I was Laura i'd be annoyed at how this has been put together 'cos it doesn't capture the night and how excellent it was. Still, love illustration on the cover.
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2012 01:11:19 BDT
matth says:
True, and yes, a bit of a pity, but harsh to downgrade to 3 stars just for that. Chopped up etc. does warrant the comment but there's no way I'd not buy this just on this issue. Brilliant though her studio recordings may be, she really shines (and her band of course) performing live and I'm really glad that this has been made available. It is after all a bonus CD, and at say 3 over the regular album, an absolute no-brainer.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 14:08:25 BDT
It's great to have the live album and of course any fan of Laura should buy this but I do, to some extent, agree with the original review. I've seen Laura Marling live quite a few times and her banter between the songs is a joy so it's sort of a shame the banter, and the audience response, has been edited out. It would have been great to have a full-on unedited recording of the whole gig - Laura's comments to the crowd, cheers, whoops and all ... All the same, the live songs themselves are beautifully performed and recorded so, even allowing for the fading down of the audience, the album is well worth having.
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