A Fool Who'll

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A Fool Who'll
A woman sits on a wooden bench with arms resting on her thighs. She has dark, over shoulder-length hair, a red T-shirt and dark pants. Her face is shadowed, her hands has fingers interwoven in front of her with a ring on the left forefinger. To her right, on a dusty table lies a yellow-coloured, electric guitar next to a light-bulb in its socket. To her left is a green-white box, while behind her are wooden pallets and other lengths of wood. Above the photo is the artist's name in large, white, block print. Below in smaller, sentence case is the album's title in pale script.
Studio album by
Released29 August 2011 (2011-08-29)
StudioHeadgap, Dollhouse
ProducerSimon Grounds
Laura Jean chronology
Eden Land
A Fool Who'll
Laura Jean

A Fool Who'll is the third album by Australian folk singer-songwriter Laura Jean. It was released on 29 August 2011 via Chapter Music.


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Age4/5 stars[1]
The Sydney Morning Herald4/5 stars[2]

Samantha Allemann for ArtsHub Australia, rated A Fool Who'll as five-out-of-five stars and explained, "[it] succeeds in putting together nine songs which are interestingly diverse, yet all equally strong. There's no filler, and that is something quite rare indeed. Laura Jean's gorgeous voice and strong range is well matched by her band and their new electric approach, resulting in an album that's both dynamic and sweet."[3]

The Sydney Morning Herald's Bernard Zuel noticed that Jean, "does not fear intimacy", as the album is, "dominated by the mix of emotion that comes with falling in love." She shows, "The thrill of love is definitely there... but so is its travelling partner in any love affair: the fear of losing that love."[2]

Melbourne's radio station 3RRR's staff listed it as their Album of the Week on 29 August 2011, with the summary, "[it] offers the understated but captivating style of previous recordings, and imbues its songs with elements of disquiet, and dissonance... [it] reflects an evolution in [her] sound and approach. Incorporating new sounds."[4]

Track listing[]

(All tracks by Laura Jean Englert)

  1. "So Happy" – 3:32
  2. "Missing You" – 4:54
  3. "Valenteen" – 4:06
  4. "Noël" – 5:30
  5. "Spring" – 6:13
  6. "Marry Me" – 5:34
  7. "Australia" – 5:36
  8. "My Song" – 4:00
  9. "All Along" – 4:52


Laura Jean Trio
  • Biddy Connor – viola, piano accordion, Casio SK1, vocals, string arrangements ("Spring", "My Song")
  • Laura Jean Englert – vocals, guitars (acoustic, bass, electric), saxophone
  • Jen Sholakis – drums, guitars (acoustic, electric), vocals
Additional musicians
  • Zoe Barry – cello ("Spring", "Marry Me", "My Song")
  • Isobel Knowles – trumpet ("Australia")
  • Martin Mackerras – clarinet ("Valenteen", "Marry Me")
  • Paddy Mann – vocals ("Spring")
  • Steph O'Hara – violin ("Spring", "Marry Me", "My Song")
  • Jojo Petrina – vocals ("My Song")
  • Monica Sonand  – vocals ("My Song")
  • Andrea Sumner – violin ("Noël", "All Along")
Recording details
  • Simon Grounds – producer, audio engineer; at Headgap and Dollhouse studios
  • Peter J Moore – mastering
  • Darryl Neudorf – mixer at Operation Northwoods studio
Art works
  • Laura Jean Englert – design
  • Isobel Knowles – design
  • Karl Scullin – photography, design


  1. ^ Dwyer, Michael (23 September 2011). "A Fool Who'll". The Age. Fairfax Media. p. 11. ISSN 0312-6307.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Zuel, Bernard (4 November 2011). "Just a Fool for Love". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. p. 5. ISSN 0312-6315.
  3. ^ Allemann, Samantha (20 September 2011). "Laura Jean – A Fool Who'll". ArtsHub Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Music > Album of the Week > Past Albums of the Week". 3RRR. 19 September 2011. Archived from the original on 22 September 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
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