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Laura Marling's 4th record is mature yet playful

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 3:03pm  ET

This CD cover image released by Ribbon Records shows "Once I Was an Eagle," by Laura Marling. (AP Photo/Ribbon Records)

SIAN WATSON
Associated Press

Laura Marling, "Once I Was An Eagle" (Ribbon Records)

"I'm the first to admit that I'm still pretty young," sang Laura Marling on her debut single, "New Romantic," back in 2008. The track was full of teenage yearning and angst, sung in Marling's beautiful melancholy tones. Now 23 and on her fourth album, the songbird shows she has grown up on "Once I Was An Eagle."

The album's debut single, "Master Hunter," is delivered with confidence and swagger: Marling sings with a more fierce tone, and with an American twang to her accent (which can perhaps be credited to the fact she is now living in Los Angeles).

Influences of multi-instrumentalist producer Ethan Johns are apparent; he's worked with the likes of the Kings of Leon and The Vaccines to create records with stadium-filling sound. Marling's "Master Hunter" has a fuller, richer sound than other tracks on the record, thanks in part to a range of different instruments.
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