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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on August 31st 2011.


Tuned In: Album Reviews

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
Laura Marling has been wowing the masses for a while now with her sumptuous voice and intelligent song writing. Her lyrics have exceeded her age and her performances seem to get more captivating with each show. Her Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards is testiment to the fact that the commercial eye has finally embraced her talent. Since she released her debut album, Alas I Cannot Swim in 2008, she has gone from a shy 18 year-old musician from Hampshire, to one of the biggest and most talented British folk artists that we’ve produced in recent memory. Her second album, I Speak Because I Can, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2011 and has received praise from a number of highly acclaimed industry heavyweights.

Her new album, A Creature I Don’t Know, has naturally brought an interest from Marling fans in seeing what musical direction, if any, she’s taken. Her performances at Glastonbury and Green Man gave us a taster. And after listening to the album in its entirety you’re immediately hit by the change in mood from her previous work. Some of the songs, most notably ‘Don’t Ask Me Why’, show a more dark side to Marling’s storytelling and her vocals continue to sound Joni Mitchell-esque. There are also some tracks oozing jazzy flavours on ‘The Muse’ as well as a very Spanish sounding number in ‘Night after Night’ and a uncharacteristically rocky number in ‘The Beast’. Marling definitely hasn’t tried to transform her self - more like taking a slightly different direction in her own innovative style.

Out 12 September on Alternative Distribution Alliance


The Kooks

The Kooks – Junk of the Heart 
On the back of their chart topping album, Konk, in 2008, multi-platinum band The Kooks bring out their third album Junk of the Heart. Expect the Brighton outfit’s trademark blend of British indie rock with catchy melodies. The twelve track album, written by The Kooks and produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Air), includes the eponymous single due for release on September 5th.   

Out 12 September on Virgin


Queen

Queen – The Final Five Albums 
To coincide with the band’s 40th anniversary and what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday, Island Records are releasing re-mastered versions of Queens most legendary albums - ‘The Works’, ‘A Kind Of Magic’, ‘The Miracle’, ‘Innuendo’ and ‘Made In Heaven’. The five albums span the best works from the band that rocked Live Aid and headlined iconic performances at Knebsworth and Wembley in 1986. A must buy for Queen fanatics. 

Out 5 September on Island Records

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