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Debut full-length album for the collaboration between Laura Marling and Tunng's Mike Lindsay

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    What LUMP lacks in running time, it more than makes up for in spine-tingling creativity and beauty
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Lindsay’s experimental compositional style that has evolved through Tunng, Throws and producing other artists’ albums, brings out Marling’s assertive vocals
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  3. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    An intoxicating listen, a record that baffles as much as delights and revels in its weirder moments
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  4. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Tunng's Mike Lindsay teams up with Laura Marling on the strange, serene LUMP
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    While this first album only grants us a fleeting glimpse, Marling and Lindsay convey startling visions through their new vessel
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    The sense here is of two artists drawing creative sustenance from new light. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This six-song cycle is built around a drone, its individual tracks manifesting as if in curls of smoke. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Lump is brief, but Marling’s gorgeously uncanny melodies – which, like Lindsay’s synth sounds, have an other-timely quality – are dazzling enough to linger indefinitely
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    With each track melting into each other, ‘LUMP’ feels like a self-contained trip, giving no hints as to the future of the project outside this release, but holding plenty of wonder inside
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There are moments of vaulting ambition but room for a little silliness too, which is no bad thing at all
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Undoubtedly made in its creators’ image, LUMP is an eccentric but forthright child, one that will never pander to peer-group popularity, but will always gain acceptance through intelligence, sensitivity and honesty combined
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  12. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay wrap prickly observations about lifestyle consumerism in bales of gorgeous melody and grumbling dissonance
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  13. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The kind of album Fiona Apple would make if she spent a few weeks sleeping on The Books’ couch
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  14. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    LUMP, it seems, is a creature of its own will: a living, breathing piece of art
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  15. 7.5 |   The 405

    LUMP is the product of predestined compatibility and a journey into a contemporary, avant-garde world of music
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  16. 7.2 |   Gig Soup

    Its six songs spin a web through childhood fairytales, a walk through a forest scored by chiming woodwinds, horns and dark synths
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  17. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    A shimmering glacial beauty of a record
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  18. 7.0 |   music OMH

    After the complexity and startling intimacy of last year’s Semper Femina, her lyrics here are abstract but abrupt, illuminated with occasional, arresting images
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  19. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Inexorable forward movement is shadowed by existential dread. Print edition only

  20. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Although things get a little pretentious and lumbering at times (as heard on Hand Hold Hero), and forgettable at others (Shake Your Shelter), this is an interesting experiment for Marling
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Marling seems freed to take on surprising guises: Curse of the Contemporary finds her in comfortable role as Joni-ish stardust priestess among spidery twangs, but the graceful delirium of Shake Your Shelter casts her as fretful hermit crab on “a beach full of empty shells”
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