Semper Femina

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Semper Femina
Semper-Femina-Art-1.jpg
Studio album by Laura Marling
Released 10 March 2017 (2017-03-10)
Recorded 2016
Genre Folk, folk rock, alternative rock
Length 42:19
Label More Alarming Records
Producer Blake Mills
Laura Marling chronology
Short Movie
(2015)Short Movie2015
Semper Femina
(2017)

Semper Femina is the sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter, Laura Marling, and was released on 10 March 2017, on More Alarming Records. The album was produced by Blake Mills.

Themes[edit]

The title Semper Femina, borrowed from the ancient poet Virgil, is an expression pinched from a longer line of Latin poetry, which roughly translates to “woman is ever a fickle and changeable thing".[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic85/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubA[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Independent5/5 stars[6]
The Irish Times5/5 stars[7]
NME5/5 stars[8]
The Observer4/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork7.7/10[10]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[12]

Semper Femina received critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 85, based on 31 reviews.[2]

The album earned Marling a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album nomination.

Accolades[edit]

In The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop, an poll regarding the best albums of the year as voted by more than 400 American music critics, Semper Femina tied with Valerie June's The Order of Time (2017) at the 89th spot, both LPs garnering 84 points.[13]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
The A.V. Club The Best Albums of 2017 So Far N/A
ABC News 50 Best Albums of 2017
31
AllMusic Best of 2017 N/A
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2017
27
Digital Trends 50 Best Albums of 2017
46
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017
9
Earbuddy 100 Best Albums of 2017
74
Esquire (UK Edition) 50 Best Albums of 2017 N/A
Exclaim! Top 10 Folk and Country Albums of 2017
3
Fopp The Best in 2017
23
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2017
19
Mojo 2017: The Best of the Year
25
musicOMH Top 50 Albums Of 2017
26
Noisey The 100 Best Albums of 2017
76
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2017
49
No Ripcord The Best Albums of 2017
34
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2017
31
Q Best of the Best: 2017 in Music
42
The Sydney Morning Herald Top 20 Albums of 2017 N/A
Treble The Top 50 Albums of 2017
45
Uncut Best Releases of 2017
21
Under the Radar Top 100 Albums of 2017
58
The Village Voice Pazz & Jop
89

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Laura Marling, except for Soothing which was written by Laura Marling and Blake Mills.

No.TitleLength
1."Soothing"4:17
2."The Valley"5:40
3."Wild Fire"4:51
4."Don't Pass Me By"5:09
5."Always This Way"4:33
6."Wild Once"4:23
7."Next Time"4:01
8."Nouel"4:53
9."Nothing, Not Nearly"4:32

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Laura Marling – vocals, guitar
  • Matt Ingram – drums
  • Nick Pini – bass
  • Pete Randall – guitar
  • Blake Mills – guitar
  • Rob Moose – strings, arrangements
  • Matt Chamberlain – additional drums
  • Sebastian Steinberg – additional bass

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[36] 19
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[37] 53
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[39] 153
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[40] 22
French Albums (SNEP)[41] 113
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[42] 42
Irish Albums (IRMA)[43] 9
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[44] 5
Scottish Albums (OCC)[45] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[46] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[47] 5

References[edit]

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