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Once I Was An Eagle

Laura Marling - 2013

I’m a sucker for stripped down production, so the first Laura Marling release that hooked me in was the two songs she recorded solo in 2010 for Jack White’s Third Man Records. (She did covers of “Blues Run The Game” and “The Needle And The Damage Done”) Her next release, 2011’s “A Creature I Don’t Know” was critically acclaimed, and I own it and enjoy it, but wasn’t blown away by it. This year, at the ripe old age of 23, Marling released “Once I Was An Eagle”, and this is the one for me! OIWAE is as intimate as it gets. The other instruments besides Marling’s guitar and voice show up in supporting roles and seem to stay in the shadowy background. (I always imagine the recording studio being very dark for some reason) The first few tracks bleed directly into each other to form a sort of folk-suite. The whole album flows well that way, although not as literally stuck together. The word is that she recorded all of her guitar and vocal parts in one take, and in one day. Amazing. I would normally complain about the fact that the album has 16 tracks, but I enjoy her voice and songwriting so much that it doesn’t matter. She gets compared often to Joni Mitchell, and while she’s deserving of the comparison, she’s of course not quite at that level yet. She is only 23, with 4 albums in her discography, so she has a long road ahead of her to continue to grow and evolve. The standout track, and possibly track of the year, is “Master Hunter”. I would suggest starting at the beginning and listening to the opening suite of songs that lead right into “Master Hunter” at track 5. Below is a short film that's soundtracked by that 4 track folk-suite I mentioned.

Posted by Tambe



I've been listening to this album a lot lately. I think I'm going to love it.

Posted over 5 years ago by 2394 52174249758 958 nAllison

There's no shame is adjusting your ten list ;)

Posted over 5 years ago by TambegifTambe

I sharply and dare I say, severely disagree with the whole 'adjusting' the list concept. The list should be a snapshot of how you felt at the end of the year concerning the music of said year. Always have I discovered music from the previous year that I thought if I had heard it when it was released, it would have made my top ten list over one or another choice. However, going back on your original choices is criminal. Your choices that you share at that moment should be set in stone even if personally your list may end up being different as time passes by. Also, what good would we be to in helping to expose new music if we simply started adding each others choices to our lists. Oddly enough, this subject has arisen as I just recently discovered an album from 2013 that for sure would have been on my top ten had I heard it at the appropriate time to do so. However, I'm not adjusting my list. I believe it would be doing an injustice to the albums that throughout the course of the year proved their worth against many other choices. Picks should be final.

Posted over 5 years ago by MoiAndrew Scott

That's a valid argument, although it's one if the things that's open to interpretation.

Posted over 5 years ago by TambegifTambe

Posted: 12/11/2013

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Tambe ranks this as the
#2 favorite album of 2013