Laura Marling: Song for Our Daughter review – better than ever

(Partisan/Chrysalis) Laura Marling ’s seventh album is addressed to an imaginary daughter: it provides succour, perspective and more than a few warnings. “Sometimes the hardest thing to learn is what you get from what you lose,” she muses on Blow by Blow . The title track counsels against taking advice from “some old balding bore” in the music industry who wants her to remove her clothes. Having taken a step back from music, Marling has returned better than ever: focused and oaky and gauzy. Here, she channels the north American singer-songwriter canon quite plainly, landing somewhere between Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan on Strange Girl , with detours into Leonard Cohen (the excellent Only the Strong , the opener Alexandra , which takes its cue from Cohen’s Alexandra Leaving) and Neil Young; her fascination with Paul McCartney is newfound. Continue reading...