Laura Marling – Sem­per Fem­ina

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - LISTINGS - ELLA WALKER

The spright­li­ness of Laura Marling’s de­but, Alas, I Can­not Swim, is ab­sent on this, her sixth record. In­stead of spry­ness, on Sem­per Fem­ina (mean­ing “al­ways woman”, taken from poet Vir­gil’s Aeneid: “Woman is al­ways fickle and change­able”) a thought­ful mel­low­ness per­vades. Gen­tle, grace­ful and muted, it’s a slick of spare, yet highly crafted songs that dis­as­sem­ble and ex­am­ine per­spec­tives of women. Folk dis­solves into coun­try tones and fuzzy gui­tar on Noth­ing Not Nearly, the in­ti­mate, ten­der Nouel is raw and ex­pos­ing, while Al­ways This Way pitches and sways with lyrics that re­ver­ber­ate with ques­tions. It’s an ac­com­plished and touch­ing record, but this is

Laura Marling, we’ve come to ex­pect no less.

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