Everybody's Got a Story

Marshall's third recording stands miles apart from her previous work in a variety of ways.

Marshall's third recording stands miles apart from her previous work in a variety of ways. For starters, she's tempered her signature acoustic-rock sound with refreshing elements of old-school soul, modern hip-hop, and pure pop. In doing so, she's not only revitalized her sales potential, but she's also added some much-needed zest to her sound. Cuts like the playfully sexy shuffler "Sunday Morning After" and "Double Agent," with its agile guitar work and chunky funk beats, are the things that triple-A and top-40 hits are made of. Marshall has never performed with such vigor. It's going to be hot to hear these songs come to life onstage, where the artist has always excelled. In the meantime, dig into what could prove to be (and deserves to be) one of the sleeper surprises of the summer season.—LF