Interesting but not particularly memorable,
This review is from: Kissin Time (Audio CD)
Marianne Faithfull has always been expert at staying ahead of the times, as with the seminal Broken English in 1979. Kissin' Time sees Faithfull once again at the cutting edge of pop, with assistance by Beck (Sex With Strangers, Like Being Born, Nobody's Fault), Billy Corgan (Wherever I Go, Something Good), Dave Stewart (Song For Nico), Jarvis Cocker (Sliding Through Life On Charm) and Blur, on the title track.
I have always associated her with other famous blondes of the 60s like Nico and Anita Pallenberg, so it's apt that she does a tribute to the Velvet Underground chanteuse with the expert help of Dave Stewart. But I miss the emotional resonance and the authenticity of Vagabond Ways, her previous masterpiece. After the first track, the listening pleasure only really resumes on the ironic Sliding Through Life On Charm with its witty autobiographical references. Talking of which, Marianne discusses this album in her book Memories, Dreams and Reflections.
I also love the lilting pop/reggae of Love & Money and the lovely pop of her cover of Goffin & King's Something Good, which is reminiscent of the type of innocent 60s songs she used to sing at the start of her career. If it weren't for the voice of course, that has dropped to a more husky tone. My tracks of choice also include Sex With Strangers with its ironic comments and nervous beat. So this is the latest manifestation of Marianne reinventing herself, and it's interesting, but not always emotionally gripping and memorable. Still, it deserves four stars for musical variety and humor.