I’m not sure that it’s possible to overstate the greatness of Laura Marling. I had a go when writing the piece to accompany her debut album’s appearance in 40 From The Noughties at the heady heights of Number Four, but it was all entirely fair and thoroughly deserved. That record is an absolute beauty: perfectly assembled, delicately performed and magically sung. Marling’s voice is utterly entrancing and she’s showing no signs of losing the ability to wow. ‘Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)’ made for an utterly charming festive offering and suggested that nobody was going to be disappointed by her forthcoming second offering, ‘I Speak Because I Can’.
‘Devil’s Spoke’ is further proof that Laura Marling has every chance of being an artist of enduring appeal and with a catalogue of music with which to take on the very best. Even listening back to those early demos that peppered in the internet in the months before she properly released anything, you can hear a wonderful talent but it’s still some leap from ‘everybody knows that you’re a posh girl’ to the all out avalanche of sound on this particular track. Bloody good though.
Here’s the NME’s first thoughts on the album.