Ribbon Music releases deluxe re-issue of this acclaimed album by Laura Marling.
I Speak Because I Can was the self assured second album from the young British singer/songwriter, originally released in 2010. The album was produced by Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright) and featured backing vocals from Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons).
Since her emergence on to the London music scene in 2007, Laura Marling has steadily secured her position as one of the most exciting musical talents of her generation. By the tender age of 21 she has already won a BRIT award and been nominated for the UK Mercury Music prize twice. While so many artists of any age attempt to locate their inner child, Marling, with a sometime steely gaze, measures the prerogatives of youth against the looming realities of adulthood - the specter of mortality, the betrayals of love, the balm of sex, the yearning for companionship, the need for independence. As the Times of London recently posted, "Who else is making music as ambitious, as haunting, as centuries-straddling, as thought-provoking and artistically tenacious as this? An the answer is: nobody. No, really. Not a soul."
Marling, who started out - briefly but auspiciously - with a stint in the group Noah and the Whale, was a mere 16 when she independently released her first singles and almost immediately gained serious stature as a key figure on Britain's burgeoning young folk scene, alongside such artists and friends as singer-actor Johnny Flynn and Mumford & Sons. The two startlingly self-assured albums that followed - Alas I Cannot Swim (2008) and I Speak Because I Can (2010) - brought the self-effacing and relatively shy Marling an extraordinary level of acclaim in her homeland, with each of them in turn being nominated for the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize.
"The result is her first triumph: a collection of literary and emotional songs to have you whopping with joy or fighting off tears, with tunes that deliver new riches with each listen." - Guardian
"She found it in herself to make yet another gorgeous, melancholy, old-souled record." - Paste
"Her sophomore effort, I Speak Because I Can, finds Marling, still only 20, shrugging off virtually all traces of girlishness and wide-eyed charm, instead delving into darkly elemental, frequently morbid folk. And yet, astonishingly, the expected growing pains never come." - Pitchfork 8.1
First time available on 180g Vinyl
Deluxe gatefold jacket
Limited time MP3 download code
Laura Marling, Ruth De Turberville, Ted Dwane, Tom Hobden, Ethan Johns, Winston Marshall, Marcus Mumford, Pete Roe
1. Devil's Spoke
2. Made By Maid
3. Rambling Man
4. Blackberry Stone
5. Alpha Shallows
6. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow)
1. Hope In the Air
2. What He Wrote
3. Darkness Descends
4. I Speak Because I Can