Review: Laura Marling at Bristol’s Colston Hall - May 5, 2015
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.
There is a tragic pathos to this mighty sculpture of a dying hero from a temple on the Greek island of Aegina. Tragedy is a Greek concept. The tragedies of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus are still performed. This statue shows a strong man fallen, heroic to his last breath.