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Review: Laura Marling at Bristol’s Colston Hall - May 5, 2015

5/5

There’s much beauty in Marling’s material and in her delivery and style of singing and guitar playing, her voice bringing to mind a Joni Mitchell-type quality in the way that she phrases. There’s a unique country/folk pathos aligned to a toughess and a rocky sensibility that seethes away behind sublime wordplay and melodies.

Bassist Nick Pini, guitarist/double bassist Pete Randall and drummer Matt Ingram expertly and intuitively ride the emotions with Marling. After a wonderful Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) she announces that she doesn’t do encores and finishes with the title track of her new record Short Movie with its line ‘I’m just a girl who can play guitar’. She’s that and so much more.

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