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The Queen Of Alchemical Soul,
This review is from: Easy Come Easy Go (Audio CD)
What a week it has been for mesmerising new releases !
As if the rare treat provided by the estimable Ms Gardot, whose new album
'My One and Only Thrill' gave me so much pleasure, were not sustenance enough,
here we have the marvelous Ms Faithfull back in fine fettle and firing on all six cylinders.
At 62 years old one might imagine that she might be content looking back wistfully
across the four decades of her long musical journey and resting on her laurels.
The idea of this venerable Diva lounging around watching daytime TV in an orange
quilted nylon housecoat, swigging gin and orange and downing box upon box
of Maltesers is not, however, even remotely imaginable.
The evidence of her staying power is evinced clearly here in her new 2 CD set
'Easy Come Easy Go'.
Reunited with old friend and producer Hal Wilner, Ms Faithfull has delivered one
of the most powerfully convincing albums of her career.
The abrasive mezzo ( now almost baritone ) is holding up well.
Immediately recognisable. Unequivocally unique.
These '18 Songs For Music Lovers' are an absorbingly eclectic collection.
The playfully raucous barroom blues of the title track;
a deeply disturbing rendition of Mr Newman's 'In Germany Before The War';
the dark ambiguity of Philly 'psycho-folk' band Espers' 'Children Of Stone';
the bats in the belfry take on Robinson and Moore's 'Ooh Baby Baby',
a compelling duet with a soaringly soulful Antony Hegarty.
It's all good. Very good in fact (and that's just disc one - marred slightly
by a very ropey vocal contribution by an under par Teddy Thompson
on Brian Eno's otherwise splendid 'How Many Worlds).
The collaboration with Keith Richards on Merle Haggard's 'Sing Me Back Home'
is a precious gem of a performance.
Disc two highlights include the down and dirty blues of 'Black Coffee';
the simple pared-down beauty of Judee Sill's 'The Pheonix';
the fragile deconstruction of Bernstein's 'Somewhere (A Place For Us)',
a bizarrely surreal and affecting duet with Jarvis Cocker.
Final track 'Flandyke Shore' is unimpeachably gorgeous.
Musicianship from her supporting cohorts is uniformly impeccable throughout.
With the likes of Marc Ribot, Jim White and Greg Cohen on board how could it not be ?!
Ms Faithfull remains a brightly burning beacon in an ever-darkening world.
Her considerable powers are undiminished.
In darkness and light this album delivers a wholesome and welcome punch in the guts.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2009 07:54:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2009 08:02:25 GMT
Hello Wolf -
Wow! Quite a line-up...
Thanks for the 'My One and Only Thrill' tip. :-)
Posted on 30 Mar 2009 19:45:28 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2009 12:54:02 BDT
G. P. Bradford says:
A delightful review of this album, Marianne was superb on the recent BBC4 in concert programme !
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2009 18:36:45 BDT
The Wolf says:
Thankyou for your kind comment.
Ms Faithfull is a national treasure.
Posted on 16 Jan 2010 20:50:07 GMT
Great review, I have just been listening to this album while cooking, a prosiac activity and Marianne's radiant talent held my attention throughout. The track with her and Keith Richards "Sing me back home" moves me almost to tears every time I hear it. No they don't have perfect pitch and what some people would call "good" voices, but the depth of emotion they convey is far more valuable than that.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2010 22:43:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2010 22:45:09 GMT
The Wolf says:
You are absolutely right. Who needs perfection (whatever that is...)
when you can have something as good as this ?!
Thank you for your comment.
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