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UNDERRATED: Laura Marling's 'A Creature I Don't Know'

A U.K. singer-songwriter whose latest album made a splash among only select circles, Marling's twisting and addictive "A Creature I Don't Know" deserved a more fixed presence on the year-end lists of the last month. Though only a brain-scrambling 21, Marling is armed with a sharp, roomy voice and a wicked way with words that can recall a brilliant cross between Joni Mitchell and Lucinda Williams.Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times