I Speak Because I Can - Laura Marling

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. The result is her first triumph: a collection of literary and emotional songs to have you whooping with joy or fighting off tears, with tunes that deliver new riches with each listen.
  2. I Speak Because I Can is an album of elegance and brilliance. Marling has developed from her debut, and her voice has grown both physically and lyrically.
  3. Her second album is an enchanting collection of beautifully raw songs, the faint trace of tape-hiss in the quieter moments combined with the rootsy feel of songs.
  4. What makes Marling engaging is that her music presents scenarios without deliberately sounding like poetry or art. Her songs do not emphasize the beauty of sounds or musicality of words so much as clip insightful observations from conversations.
  5. She found it in herself to make yet another gorgeous, melancholy, old-souled record.
  6. I Can maintains its mystery and poetic obfuscation upon repeat listens. I Can would make for sublime coffee-shop fodder, except that Marling's music and especially her exquisitely wrought words reward,
  7. Her sophomore effort, I Speak Because I Can, finds Marling, still only 20, shrugging off virtually all traces of girlishness and wide-eyed charm, instead delving into darkly elemental, frequently morbid folk. And yet, astonishingly, the expected growing pains never come.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. the folk and pop perfection of this year is Laura Marling...her incredible and amazing new album...shine...she is so talent and her voice is really beautiful...! this album is a masterpiece! Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2010
    Laura has a way to connect to her listeners on an emotional level that mainstream songs do not have today. Her songwriting is excellent and it some songs witty and even funny. Her voice is soothing and the guitar is mellow. Definitely worth a listen. Full Review »
  3. GaryB
    Apr 9, 2010
    I Speak is beautifully written performed and produced. Laura Marling is an awesome talent.