Laura Marling – Radio 2 In Concert – BBC Maida Vale Studios

Posted on September 23, 2011

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written by Rob Pollard 

Last night’s Radio 2 In Concert featured Laura Marling playing an intimate gig recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios in London. It was a beautiful performance and one which can be heard on BBC iPlayer for the next seven days.

It is difficult to write about Laura without using endless clichés to describe her talent, something British journalists have done with staggering regularity since she burst onto the scene aged 17. Such banal language fails to capture the true essence of her ability. She is, in my opinion, the best songwriter to come out of Britain in many years, and the success she is receiving is richly deserved. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have provided her were with much inspiration, and, together with her own musical vision, she is consistently producing brilliant folk music suitable for the contemporary music world. Many have tried to bring folk in line with modern tastes and few have come anywhere near, yet Laura Marling is doing it with ease.

With 3 albums to her name she already looks set to become one of the most prolific writers of her generation. Quite how she did not pick up the 2010 Mercury Prize for her second album, I Speak Because I Can, is beyond me but her career will be judged on its longevity and the quality of her releases, and if her work so far is anything to go by she should end up being considered a huge success.

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