Laura Marling’s Short Movie and the Mercury Prize

Marling’s fifth album in seven years, Short Movie is a break away from her usual solo acoustic get up. With the introduction of a full band she has created an even more powerful record; a departure from her old sound yet still characteristically Marling.  The album was largely influenced by a short, solitary stay in Los Angeles, and it is clear that Marling has emerged from this songwriting expedition a more confident artist – not afraid to try a new sound (considering Marling’s innate talent, is it really any surprise that she can take to blues rock like a fish to water); express more personal thoughts; talk personal in interviews. Three of Laura Marling’s previous albums have been nominated for the Mercury Prize and she is yet to win. Short Movie, an album about growth and personal change, deserves to have at least been recognised too.

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