ALBUM REVIEW: Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter

Release Date: April 10th 2020
Label: Chrysalis Records Limited/Partisan Records


‘Song For Our Daughter’ is British singer/songwriter Laura Marling‘s seventh studio album, and following a three-year gap between releases comes as a triumphant return.

The album is cluttered with songs with advice to an imaginary daughter, about love and despair and everything in between. Despite the fictional nature of the subject character of sorts, Marling mentioned that she, more or less, wants to address every woman listening along, and have it resonate with everyone equally. When you get to the end, you’ll agree that she has more than achieved her goal.

Marling surprises once again with an album full of passion, emotion, and a sense of normality that is very much needed in this time of uncertainty. The same tone is carried throughout, beautifully supported by simple acoustic guitars and an equally as gorgeous string arrangement by non-other than Rob Moose (Bon Iver).

It’s easy to slip into a redundant matter with a lack of experimentation sonically, but Marling manages to keep things interesting with subtle additions to each song, and lyrics that are straight to the point but also vague enough to give us room to interpret it and feel them in a way as if they were written for no one else but them.

With some of the shortest lyrics, ‘Blow By Blow’ is still by far one of the most captivating pieces on the album. Soft piano notes paired with beautifully orchestrated strings and Marling‘s soothing voice simply work magic together on this.

While admittedly there isn’t a lot of variety on ‘Song For Our Daughter’, if it’s as well done as this then it doesn’t matter much. The record excels in every other aspect, allowing us to relax and sink into its figurative concept.