Saturday, March 14, 2009

Faithfull companians


FROM her rug-clad beginnings as a sweet young thing, through her personal battles with addiction to the present day, Marianne Faithfull has been known as much for her personal life as her art.
However her latest offering, the double album of cover versions Easy Come Easy Go she describes as "a revelation and a joy" to make, is all about the music.
Welcoming a stellar line-up of Faithfull companions including Nick Cave, Cat Power, Jarvis Cocker, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright and Keith Richards, it's clear that she means business.
And although the slightly self-indulgent 18 track-long listing requires dedication to get through, to hear an established talent make assorted tracks by artists ranging from Dolly Parton to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club into a coherent work of her own is a joy.

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