Friday, May 07, 2010
Ryan Alons, the student worker for the SAO, offers his thoughts on last night’s Laura Marling show:
Laura Marling, folks! The best show of this year? Probably! Let’s make a decision on that, people! Chocolate Drops were great, The Mountain Goats were great, but Laura Marling held the audience in utter awe!
She had great lyrical depth and the melodies that framed each and every one of her honest and personal narratives carried me along. She played great guitar, bluesy and folksy and had those little steps that turned into leaps. She talked a lot about her folk mentors (she did a Neil Young and a Jackson Frank cover) and it was obvious last night that she snared the heart of the genre. She was honest in exploring her relationships and the fragility of one’s life alone. I believe I’m going to be unpacking her lyrics for a long time.
She’s younger than you! She’s twenty and she writes lyrics that carry the folk spirit. The gift of prophecy is not specific to age, but generally experience begets folk. She is a British Jackson Browne. Laura Marling must have been born with the weight of the world. She carried herself with a quiet reserve and charm on stage. As she played she avoided eye contact with the audience (probably a nervous tick - not as crazy as Doug Martsch’s head) I am convinced whatever ghosts haunted her were hiding in the corners of the LLC. I had listened to her music before the concert, so I knew that I was to expect an introspective woman up there.
Should I even be talking about her age? Is that appropriate? I suppose I wanted all of my prejudices vindicated in the end.
Taylor Swift is twenty, right. I want to put that out there. What do I mean by it? Ask me what I mean by it.
So ... what’d you think?