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I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling

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British folksinger Laura Marling’s 2008 debut, Alas I Cannot Swim, showed more depth and maturity than one would expect from a (then) 18-year-old. Marling’s expressive, smoky voice and penchant for lyrical matter that didn’t reference clubbing landed her a well-earned Mercury Prize nomination, as well as a considerable amount of hype concerning her follow-up. Released in 2010, I Speak Because I Can delivers on nearly every level, upping both the production value (thanks to Ryan Adams and Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns and fellow indie folk darlings Mumford & Sons) and the songwriting. Love, death, and heartbreak are hardly new subjects when it comes to folk music, but they refresh themselves so often in our lives that their relevance becomes tenfold with each new bite, scrape, or blow to the head, a notion that Marling explores with both guarded wisdom and elegant petulance on standout cuts like "Devil’s Spoke," "Made by Maid," "Rambling Man," and "Goodbye England." At its heart, I Speak Because I Can is a stoic, bare-bones singer/songwriter record, which makes the tastefully peppered bursts of explosive percussion, banjo, mandolin, and backing vocals from the Mumford gentlemen all the more effective and not just window dressing to cover up a cookie-cutter storefront. That said, it’s Marling’s enigmatic voice (think Florence & the Machine and Fiona Apple), clever phrasing (think Joni Mitchell), and adherence to the alternately warm and wintry vibe of late-'60s/early-'70s classic rock and folk (think Led Zeppelin III) that listeners will keep coming back to, regardless of the packaging.
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1
Devil's Spoke
00:03:38

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Mumford, Drums, Mandolin, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Dwane, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Winston Marshall, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Marling, Composer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Hobden, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Roe, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ethan Jones, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, Dulcimer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

2
Made By Maid
00:02:51

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

3
Rambling Man
00:03:16

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Mandocello, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ted Dwane, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Winston Marshall, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Marling, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Roe, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Roe, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

4
Blackberry Stone
00:03:28

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Piano, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ruth De Turberville, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

5
Alpha Shallows
00:03:42

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Mandolin, Organ, Percussion, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Mumford, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Dwane, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Winston Marshall, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Hobden, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Roe, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

6
Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
00:03:45

Bob Ludwig, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Mumford, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Dwane, Double Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Marling, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Hobden, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Roe, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

7
Hope In The Air
00:04:32

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Mumford, Banjo, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Dwane, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Roe, Piano, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

8
What He Wrote
00:04:07

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Roe, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

9
Darkness Descends
00:03:40

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Mumford, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Dwane, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Roe, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

10
I Speak Because I Can
00:03:59

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ethan Johns, Producer, Mixer, Sitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Dom Monks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marcus Mumford, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ted Dwane, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Laura Marling, Composer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Hobden, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Roe, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

(C) 2010 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2010 Virgin Records Limited

Album Description

British folksinger Laura Marling’s 2008 debut, Alas I Cannot Swim, showed more depth and maturity than one would expect from a (then) 18-year-old. Marling’s expressive, smoky voice and penchant for lyrical matter that didn’t reference clubbing landed her a well-earned Mercury Prize nomination, as well as a considerable amount of hype concerning her follow-up. Released in 2010, I Speak Because I Can delivers on nearly every level, upping both the production value (thanks to Ryan Adams and Kings of Leon producer Ethan Johns and fellow indie folk darlings Mumford & Sons) and the songwriting. Love, death, and heartbreak are hardly new subjects when it comes to folk music, but they refresh themselves so often in our lives that their relevance becomes tenfold with each new bite, scrape, or blow to the head, a notion that Marling explores with both guarded wisdom and elegant petulance on standout cuts like "Devil’s Spoke," "Made by Maid," "Rambling Man," and "Goodbye England." At its heart, I Speak Because I Can is a stoic, bare-bones singer/songwriter record, which makes the tastefully peppered bursts of explosive percussion, banjo, mandolin, and backing vocals from the Mumford gentlemen all the more effective and not just window dressing to cover up a cookie-cutter storefront. That said, it’s Marling’s enigmatic voice (think Florence & the Machine and Fiona Apple), clever phrasing (think Joni Mitchell), and adherence to the alternately warm and wintry vibe of late-'60s/early-'70s classic rock and folk (think Led Zeppelin III) that listeners will keep coming back to, regardless of the packaging.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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