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A Creature I Don't Know (Deluxe Version)
 
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A Creature I Don't Know (Deluxe Version)

2 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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5:44
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3:58
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Disc 2
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3:34
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3:16
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3:40
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4:42
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3:40
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3:26
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2:53
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Mar. 2012
  • Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: VIRGIN
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2012 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:40:37
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  • ASIN: B007HKAAGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,799 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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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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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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Maturity is a word you'll find in almost every review of anything Laura Marling does as though maturity alone is a guarantee of quality. funnily enough the same word is often used of thirty-something musicians, normally in a derogatory sense implying that the immature youthful exuberance made for a better listen. Of course the truth is that we need a balance of the two. It's no good being exuberant if there's no depth to go with it. And as every Leonard Cohen, Robert Smith or Joni Mitchell fan knows the darkness only really works well when there's a bit of light to help you realise just how dark the last song just got.

With Laura Marling we got one album of youthful exuberance (albeit quite a "mature" and dark take on exuberance and then we were straight into the female Leonard Cohen from the home counties phase. And what a briliant album "Alas I Cannot Swim" was. She's not come close to matching it in her subsequent releases and this latest album, although a step forward from the humourless and relentlessly "mature" "I speak because I can" doesn't exactly shine light into any of the dark corners. It's almost as though Marling commences the writing process by resolving not to give anything of herself away, not to crack a smile and not to give into the tempatation to include anything that anyone could be tempted to tap their foot to (the second half of Sophia slipped through the net). Surely the trick in songwriting is to present the listener with a combination of styles and emotions and all the greats have managed this, often in the same song. I'm not sure Marling is yet mature enough to realise this and certainly not to achieve it in her songwriting.
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