Review: Laura Marling Sings Woman-to-Woman on 'Semper Femina'

Our take on the English singer-songwriter's latest

Laura Marling's latest album is 'Semper Femina.'

"A thousand artists' muse/But you'll be anything you choose" observes Laura Marling on the title track of Semper Femina, which ditches male pronouns to focus on women's relationships with one another. It's a timely set, especially for a Brit who makes the U.S. a part-time home. You can hear the double-life: Nick Drake ghosts "The Valley," while Joni Mitchell remains a touchstone ("Nouel"). Producer Blake Mills highlights Marling's guitar while adding his own. But her own voice just grows stronger, literally and figuratively: On "Wild Fire," advising a lover or frenemy to "stop playing that shit out on me," she's a wordy folk-soul queen of entirely her own making.