Alas, I Cannot Swim - Laura Marling
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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

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  1. There's every chance that Laura Marling will get lost in the shuffle as the unexpected commercial success of Feist's The Reminder leads major labels to unleash hordes of similarly talented female singer/songwriters, but Alas I Cannot Swim is far better than the average coffee house-endorsed girly pop.
  2. Where Adele sounds like a method actor, Marling weaves secretive threads of thought that suggest she’s agonised over things long enough for them to come together with a thud in plain-spoken full stops.
  3. Her songs are similarly sparse and fragile, with some astonishingly mature lyrics framed by beautifully pretty melodies.