Laura Marling recently turned 27 years old and it seems impossible to believe that the release of new LP Semper Femina will be the sixth studio album under her belt. Marling has been on the receiving end of several award nominations and even snagged a couple of wins for her past efforts, yet in an industry dominated by the Adele’s and Beyoncé’s of the world, it’s not a stretch to call her underrated. Blessed with a soothing contralto, sophisticated song-writing skills, and a proficient handle of the guitar, Marling came into this release under immense pressure to deliver a worthy heir to 2015’s Short Movie; and praiseworthy Semper Femina smashes those expectations to smithereens.
Her sixth studio album is brimmed with fierce, yet tender tracks that highlight Marling’s prolific song-composition genius. Opening track “Soothing” encompasses Marling at her best with a powerful and bluesy number that could easily be confused as a James Bond movie’s soundtrack lead single, yet offers a sneak peek at the insecurities hidden behind any individual’s strong-minded façade.
Moving along the LP boasts of stout folk tunes like “Wild Fire” and “Next Time” which are a trademark of every Marling LP. However, Semper Femina’s crowning single comes way of “Don’t Pass Me By”, as Marling’s folksy vibes get a dash of psychedelia peppered in to form an interesting fusion and, once again, display Marling’s willingness to experiment on her already successful musical stylings.
Listing Laura Marling’s albums best-to-worst is no easy task; however, we can confidently note that Semper Femina is a fine addition to an already sterling and enviable discography.