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Lost Masterpiece Refound!
on 7 March 2002
Dusty had fallen from favor when this was released and it fell through the cracks, which is a shame because it may well rival Memphis as her finest work. True, it's pieced together from a lot of sources and did represent Philips cleaning out the vaults, but it is THE showcase for the depth and breadth of her talent. She never rocked harder than she does on the mind-blowing funkfest of "Crumbs." Taken with "Girls Can't Do..." and "Girls It Ain't Easy..." this trilogy makes a fascinating statement from a woman who used to "secretly" produce her own records because her label didn't think the world was ready for such independence in a female artist. We're only beginning to understand what an amazing pioneer Dusty was.
She was at the peak of her vocal prowess here, and this truly daring album offers an embarrassment of astonishing musical riches - from the opening of "Mixed Up Girl" that prefigures drum 'n' bass by nearly 30 years to Dusty's sumptuous turn at samba to the wild fits and starts of "Someone Who Cares." Even by today's standards this album still thrills, still sounds startlingly adventurous.
If you don't know "Faces," don't let one of the most important and, up to now, obscure albums of the 20th century pass you by again!