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Once I Was An Eagle [Explicit]

Once I Was An Eagle [Explicit]

26 May 2013
4.3 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2013
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I was a big fan of Laura Marling's début album, "Alas I Cannot Swim", but hadn't quite swallowed the hype that followed the subsequent couple of releases and neither matched up to her early potential, to my ears. I hadn't actually intended to buy any more of Laura's albums, but fortunately, I was won over by the sheer weight of the positive reviews and the constant appearances of the album in end-of-year lists. Although I remained sceptical about how good it could possibly be, my scepticism slowly dissolved as I listened to the album for the first time. This is a truly classic folk album, a fully realised, mature collection of songs that, had Joni Mitchell released it, would be considered one of her greatest achievements. Although there are sixteen tracks on "Once I Was An Eagle", there are a couple of suites, which see several consecutive songs being written around the same musical and lyrical themes, my favourite of which being the powerful Dylan-esque "Master Hunter" sequence (there is even a lyrical nod to Bob, just to confirm what we were all thinking). The Indian flavour of the "I Was An Eagle" sequence is spellbinding and the dynamics ebb and flow wonderfully, matching the intensity of the lyrics skilfully. In fact, it is a beautifully recorded album overall and Ethan Johns' production is one of its many strengths.

This is a deeply artistic piece of work, it radiates musical intelligence, and takes quite a few listening sessions to really get to know and appreciate. It is quite clear, early on, that this is an album that it would be quite easy to dislike unless this is (one of) your favoured genre(s) of music and would probably more suit connoisseurs of folk rather than somebody who simply enjoys more popular singer-songwriters.
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I feel that Laura marling is getting better with every album .. This is a beautiful album with Laura marling expressing herself very well in words and music ..
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By Bee on 27 April 2017
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Loved it! Laura has such a wonderful voice. Good value for money too.
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Love the album
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Nice Album
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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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Music to make the will to live float away . Straight to the charity shop for this
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I cannot stop playing this beautiful album. Laura Marling has created a work of art which stands comparison with the great singer/songwriter albums. This album deserves your full attention for its one hour duration. There are some breath-taking songs - such as Little Love Caster and Little Bird. The standard starts high, with a moody integrated four song cycle and then builds in quality throughout. The second half (after an intermission) is a total joy. Laura Marling's voice and songs are unique but you can hear the influence of the great writers of the 70's, including Joni, Dylan, Carole King and Laura Nyro. The song writing here is comparable with their best work - great heartbreak albums like Blood on the Tracks and Blue. Must be album of the year - I can't see it being topped in 2013.
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