Review : Marianne Faithfull - Easy Come Easy Go
RollingstonesA role model for surviving a druggy, tabloid-hunted British youth with creative grace intact (attention, Amy Winehouse), Marianne Faithfull confirms her status as matriarch on this brilliantly programmed covers set. Billie Holiday's "Solitude" nuzzles a lonely Neko Case song, while Bessie Smith plays off the Decemberists, whose Old English fetishism finds an ideal interpreter in Faithfull's spectacularly shot voice. The arrangements are jazzy avant–cabaret, and the mood is haunted, especially on her duet with Keith Richards on a Merle Haggard classic; when the elegantly ravaged old buddies harmonize, "Sing me back home before I die," you hear history that's un–plumbable....full text
SpinReuniting with tribute-album master Hal Willner for another intricately arranged and wide-ranging covers collection, this fallen British Invasion angel again proves she lacks the flexibility that jazz demands -- she simply can't swing. But when she interprets material (from downbeat bards Randy Newman, Colin Meloy, and others) that matches the drug-ravaged wreckage of her vocal chords, she kills: This will likely be the only time songs by Dolly Parton and Morrissey coexist as equally devastating accounts of personal apocalypse....full text
Musicmp3Marianne Faithfull is one of the most interesting and unusual artists in Great Britain. She is not only an heir of a noble baron generation one of the representatives of which was an Austrian nobleman Leopold von Sacher-Masoch after whose book the term ‘masochism’ appeared in the world. She is in the first place a very talented singer, actress and author with whom a great number of celebrities have worked including David Bowie, Angelo Badalamenti, PJ Harvey, the band Metallica and many others. She has played in many theatre performances in London and Dublin, and her music career continues for more than four decades already. This year Marianne’s 22nd album Easy Come, Easy Go is released and pretends to become one of her most successful creations although it contains practically no new songs. The record Easy Come, Easy Go is a collection of covers of other authors’ songs chosen by Marianne herself and her long-term friend and producer Hal Willner, performed in her marvelous unique manner with the accompaniment of a small band.
No failure tracks on Easy Come, Easy Go
In 1987 one of Marianne Faithfull’s most successful works Strange Weather was released and then for the first time Hal Willner became its producer to later join the singer on the recording of the 1990’s album Blazing Away. Regarding these past achievements the tandem has had quite a difficult task on Easy Come, Easy Go and has carried it out brilliantly. One of the versions of Easy Come, Easy Go consists of 10 tracks and another, complete with a DVD, is 18 tracks long. The album opens with Dolly Parton’s calm song Down From Dover, and a little bit faster and worrisome Hold On Hold On is refined with unbelievable guitar chords. One can find here Billie Holiday’s composition Solitude, rather hard for perception but performed excellently with Faithfull’s somewhat creaky vocals and Nick Cave joins her on The Crane Wife 3. The title track Easy Come, Easy Go written by Bessie Smith has become the real refinement of the collection due to an amazing complicated instrumental background bearing a jazz spirit. Rufus Wainwright’s vocals have added emotions to Children Of Stone making it one of the album highlights and Morrissey’s song Dear God Please Help Me proves to be as close to Marianne herself as no other. On the whole there are no failure tracks on the record as absolutely each of them is complicated, interesting and has acquired a new life in Miss Faithfull’s original interpretation....full text
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