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Review: Laura Marling Sings Woman-to-Woman on ‘Semper Femina’

Our take on the English singer-songwriter’s latest

Review: Laura Marling, 'Semper Femina'

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
, 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. 

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