Once I Was An Eagle (CD)


Laura Marling

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Amoeba Review

05/27/2013

Laura Marling delivers folk-rock that is far more mature than her 23 years of age on her fourth album, Once I Was An Eagle. Like a 21st century Joni Mitchell, Marling writes of relationships and heartbreak with a heightened ear for detail but the restraint and wisdom of someone who knows that what goes around, comes around. “I will not be a victim of romance …  or any man who could get his dirty little hands on me,” she sings triumphantly on “I Was An Eagle,” giving the songs some Led Zeppelin-style droning jangle. She gets deeper on “You Know,” singing “damn all those people who don’t lose control” amid other dark thoughts, while on “Breathe,” she indulges in Eastern melodies, dueting with a cello and exorcising old demons, admitting “how cruel I was to you … how cruel time can be.” Though Marling’s lyrics are dark, they aren’t joyless or humorless; “Master Hunter” sees Marling almost rapping over a bouncier strum in a kiss-off to unworthy would-be lovers, even a guy who’d fancy himself the next Dylan — “well if you want a woman who can call your name, it ain’t me babe.” Who needs so-called New Dylans when Laura Marling does the job just fine?



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Take The Night Off
Laura Marling 04:12
2.
I Was An Eagle
Laura Marling 04:21
3.
You Know
Laura Marling 02:30
4.
Breathe
Laura Marling 05:00
5.
Master Hunter
Laura Marling 03:16
6.
Little Love Caster
Laura Marling 05:52
7.
Devil's Resting Place
Laura Marling 03:14
8.
Interlude
Laura Marling 02:16
9.
Undine
Laura Marling 03:12
10.
Where Can I Go?
Laura Marling 03:40
11.
Once
Laura Marling 03:38
12.
Pray For Me
Laura Marling 05:05
13.
When Were You Happy? (And How Long Has That Been)
Laura Marling 03:53
14.
Love Be Brave
Laura Marling 03:04
15.
Little Bird
Laura Marling 05:40
16.
Saved These Words
Laura Marling 04:27

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