Sunday, 3 June 2018

Marianne Faithfull - Broken English (1979)


Released November 1979

Recorded at Matrix Studios, London

1979’s “comeback” from gin-soaked old cigarette puffer Marianne is not at all bad.

The original CD master is perfectly acceptable, sound-wise. I do not have the deluxe edition so I cannot comment on whether that is an improvement or not.

The album’s content somehow suited the punk milieu of 1979. Woman who had been round the block a lot singing in a croaky, drink ravaged voice about why her lover let another woman..., well you know. (That refers to the track “Why D’you Do It” by the way).

Other highlights are the impressive, urgent title track, the cover of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero”and also the heartbreakingly sad, evocative cover of Dr. Hook’s “The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan”.


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