Laura Marling

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

It’s difficult to listen to British songbird Laura Marling and not be reminded of Joni Mitchell. Both songstresses have a similar penchant for effortlessly segueing from a whispered aside to delicate folk with a touch of smoky cabaret-jazz flair. Her music reconciles smoldering intimacy and flighty romanticism in a manner that’s eluded other similarly talented singers — like Beth Orton or Nina Nastasia — who sometimes come across as either too dreamily distant or too intense. Think of Marling as the folk Goldilocks. Her first two albums — 2008’s Alas I Cannot Swim and 2010’s I Speak Because I Can — were nominated for the U.K.’s Mercury Prize, as was her fourth and latest, Once I Was An Eagle. There are moments of great tenderness speckled throughout — including the haunting “Little Love Castor” — but the best is “Master Hunter,” whose surprisingly raucous folk-blues evokes Led Zeppelin.

—Chris Parker

Mon, Nov 11 | 8:00 PM (7:00 Door)
Marathon Music Works
$20 ADV / $23 DOS
18 and over
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Laura Marling

Eversley United Kingdom  | 

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