This is the second offering by Ms Marling, who might reasonably be described as precocious as she is only 20 years old.
Her debut album "Alas I Cannot Swim" got a Mercury Music Prize nomination and was one of the most remarkable releases of 2008 in UK, signalling the arrival of a single-minded artist who might just develop into this generation's Kate Bush or PJ Harvey.
She has so quickly and consummately painted her own musical world with a few well-chosen images, some gentle strokes on her guitar and her wispy yet world-weary voice is a sign of her potential significance.
The album is a break from the shivery introspective brilliance of "Alas I Cannot Swim", with its night terrors and doleful drums leading to a less taciturn and more forthright Laura.
She also has a voice of great purity, sometimes reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, and this is put to the service on 10 songs of great intensity and seriousness of purpose, operating in the folk music tradition and showing an appreciation that acoustic guitars can be employed in a muscular fashion, as on "Darkness Descends".
Her lyrics are often oblique but so evocative that you get the picture, whether she is expressing a yearning to escape on the stirring "Rambling Man" or the jealous intensity of "Devil's Spoke".
Where other girl singers of her age (Taylor Swift, for example) are peddling the most superficial fairytale myths, Marling is on a whole different plane, picking at the dark roots of these tales.
The album, she says, is about dealing with "the responsibility of womanhood". And she has just turned 20 !
Making a record about 'what it means to be a woman', which Marling explains is the thread running through this seductive album, allows her a voice which is both intimate and observational, and finds her channelling the quality of Beth Orton (vocally).
The songs on "I Speak Because I Can" feel at the same time highly original and warm, homely and lived in.
Not only is it incredibly pretty, with Marling's sparkling unhurried voice tracing a storybook landscape of rivers, blackberries and red scarves across snowy English winters, but there is a stillness at the centre of the CD which gives the album a calm reflective character.
My favourite tracks are: "Devil's Spoke", "Rambling Man", "Alpha Shallows", "Darkness Descends", "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow).
Enjoy!Alas I Cannot Swim