Laura Marling looks to have made a stunning return with her new album Once I Was An Eagle. The 23 year-old is already onto her fourth album and, if reviewers would have you believe, it could arguably be the strongest in the once Mercury-nominated artist’s suit yet.

Simply described as “a masterpiece” by the Daily Telegraph in their review, other assessments have followed a similar vein. “Recalls Joni Mitchell's landmark Blue in the way she ruthlessly dissects her love life, hunting for emotional satisfaction,” comment Uncut, with Clash Magazine adding “Marling must now be considered one of the greatest singer-songwriters of both her generation and generations before it.”

The 405 comment “Her best album yet; better individual songs may lie elsewhere, but her new record's cohesive nature makes it much more of an adventure than what came before.”

Watch the video for Laura Marling's When Brave Bird Saved:

Indeed, with the album set for release on Monday (May 27, 2013) it looks like you’re going to have to go some distance to find anyone having a go at the new record. Q add to the praise, writing “Once I was An Eagle is entirely Laura Marling's trip - beautiful, heartfelt, searching, sublime - and thrillingly open-ended.” Marling has always been a critical success, but even by her usual standards this tide of praise is unprecedented, could she now truly cross over?

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Laura Marling at Latitude last year

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