Once I Was An Eagle

Laura Marling

Once I Was An Eagle
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Once I Was An Eagle

Laura Marling

The new album, Once I Was An Eagle, was recorded at the Three Crows studio of regular producer and instrumentalist Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Vaccines), with Dom Monks on engineering duties and Marling’s lifelong friend Ruth de Turberville on cello.


This is Laura’s fourth album - an achievement in itself for a 23 year old, the remarkable nature of her talent and career being underlined by the 2011 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, the two Mercury Music Prize nominations, and the NME Award for Best Solo Artist that she’s received in the years since her 2007 debut Alas I Cannot Swim.

Track Listing:

 

  1. Take The Night Off
  2. I Was An Eagle
  3. You Know
  4. Breathe
  5. Master Hunter
  6. Little Love Caster
  7. Devil’s Resting Place
  8. Interlude
  9. Undine
  10. Where Can I Go?
  11. Once
  12. Pray For Me
  13. When Were You Happy? (And How Long Has That Been)
  14. Love Be Brave
  15. Little Bird
  16. Saved These Words

 

Review

Twenty-three years old. I say again, Laura Marling is 23 years old. I don’t know why this surprises me, but it does – in a positive way. I guess it’s just that what I hear come out of the speakers sounds like something from a soul who has been around the block once or twice.

This is Marling’s fourth album in five years, and her folk sensibilities gather a deeper and more intriguing sense of wordplay with every new release. Once I Was an Eagle is arguably her finest album to date. Its 16 tracks explore the ups and downs, the give and take, and, finally, the prize that comes with new love. It is her most coherent group of songs, seamlessly flowing from one to the next.

Highlights are ‘Where Can I Go?’ and ‘Master Hunter’. Marling is a refreshing albeit old-soul talent.


Lou Fulco works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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