Broken English is the seventh studio album by English singer Marianne Faithfull. It was released on 2 November 1979 by Island Records. The album marked a major comeback for Faithfull after years of drug abuse, homelessness, and suffering from anorexia. It is often regarded as her "definitive recording" and Faithfull herself described it as her "masterpiece". Broken English was Faithfull's first major release since her album Love in a Mist (1967). After ending her relationship with Mick Jagger in 1970 and losing custody of her son, Faithfull's career went into a tailspin as she suffered from heroin addiction and lived on the streets of London. Severe laryngitis and drug abuse during this period permanently altered Faithfull's voice, leaving it cracked and lower in pitch. She attempted a comeback in 1976 with Dreamin' My Dreams, which achieved only minor success. Shortly afterwards, Faithfull began working with musician Barry Reynolds, who produced the songs "Broken English" and "Why D'Ya Do It?". The demos attracted the attention of Chris Blackwell who signed Faithfull to his record label Island Records. The album was recorded at Matrix Studios in London. Faithfull collaborated with producer Mark Miller Mundy on the remaining songs for the album. After the whole album was recorded, he suggested making the music "more modern and electronic" and brought in Steve Winwood on keyboards. Musically, Broken English is a new wave rock album with elements of other genres, such as punk, blues and reggae. Broken English received critical acclaim. It peaked at number 82 on the Billboard 200, becoming her first album to chart in the United States since Go Away from My World (1965) and giving Faithfull a first nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. It reached number 57 in the United Kingdom and entered the top five in Germany, France and New Zealand. Broken English was certified platinum in Germany and France and sold over one million copies worldwide. Two singles were released from the album, with "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" peaking at number 48 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was included on NME magazine's list of "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" and in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.Wikipedia
“Broken English” by Marianne Faithfull (1979) Banger alert. It’s hard to believe this album was released in 1979. If it had been produced today, the closing (banned in 1979) track “Why’d Ya Do It?” would be placed first, and perhaps have become the title track. This track alone is Exhibit A for the case that women belong in rock & roll (and hip hop, while we’re at it). The Go-Go’s should be shot. You’ve got to listen to this album as if you’d never heard Cyndi Lauper, who copied Faithfull in many ways. But Faithfull’s destroyed voice came honestly. Smoking, alcohol, and heroin will do that. Faithfull’s version of “Working Class Hero” is better than John Lennon’s. Seriously. Her voice is better suited than Lennon’s to express anger, angst, and ambivalence. And the instrumental production is a vast improvement over Lennon’s solo guitar. Jeez. The title and lead track here, “Broken English”, is best heard in the 1979 context of western perplexity over the young woman Ulrike Meinhof of Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang (“Red Army Faction”) taking up the cause of Marxism. Boomers with boom (demonstrating that women have a place in terrorism, too), they killed more than thirty people over course of their career. These kids made today’s Antifa look like a bunch of kittens. “Guilt” reflects on the formal distinction in theological anthropology between objective guilt and subjective guilt feelings. Take a moral dive into this song, and you’ll come to the surface with enhanced self awareness, maturity, and contentment. “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” echoes “A Streetcar Named Desire” and anticipates “Thelma and Louise”. Nuff said. God, this music makes you think. 5/5
After a lengthy absence, Faithfull resurfaced on this 1979 album, which took the edgy and brittle sound of punk rock and gave it a shot of studio-smooth dance rock. Faithfull's whiskey-worn vocals perfectly match the bitter and biting "Why'd Ya Do It" and revitalize John Lennon's "Working Class Hero."
Marianne Faithfull nailed this late 70's album. It's a synth-pop masterpiece. Steve Winwood's handy work on the synths and keys pairs well with Faithfulls' vocals, there are lots of interesting sounds and textures going on in this album. Winwood's parts were added as an after thought by the producer to make the album sound more modern and electronic. My first suggested album to listen to from this generator, and a great album to begin with.
Love the new wave/post punk production, it's in the vein of Dylan's "Infidels" or "Empire Burlesque." I wasn't super familiar with much by Faithfull before listening to this, at least outside of her version of "As Tears Go By," which is gorgeous. This is a whole different animal, her alto has lost the honey sweet smoothness of the British Invasion days but it's beautiful in a more complex, adult way. The more I think about this, the more I'm in love with it and I want more.
Surprisingly enjoyable. Voice not what I expected. Musically and stylistically diverse in parts but quite conservative blue rock soundings across quite a few tracks. Top tracks: Why’d ya do it, Broken English
This blew me away in a weirdly subtle and understated way. Wasn't really paying much attention to it until I noticed the steady increase in intensity that seems permeate the entire record but which sharply climbs from The Ballad of Lucy Jordan onward. Wide ranging social commentary on a number of issues and themes contribute to a very provocative and captivating listening experience. I love how strained her voice is especially when it breaks. Brain drain is a highlight and the synth/sax outro to Guilt is amazing. Also her dad was an M15 spy - how cool. Have already listened to her other stuff which is totally different but equally as good. Feeling some big Neil Young energy from her catalogue.
Underrated. Under discussed. Probably because the artist is a woman. It’s a great album. As good as anything her male UK peers were making at the time.
Wow, this is stunning. I don't know if it's my own blinkers or those of the music world, but I feel I would have heard this album, and a lot more praise for it, if it was by a male artist. Anyhow, love the bluesy rock sound, which sounds fresh and edgy as well as being "proper rock". I love her voice, which has power and grit, but also a kind of fragility to it. Pretty fucking perfect. 5/5 and added to my personal collage. :)
One of a very few woman that I enjoyed listening to. And you can understant what she is singing, too.
Uno de los mejores discos de la historia.
Pleasantly surprised by this delightfully odd album!
Tooka second listen to appreciate this. Her voice is really cool and lyrics are really interesting too. Wasn't particularly taken by the music at first, but it grew on me and does goes through a few different waves throughout the album. Highlight is definitely Guilty. Working Class Hero is so suspenseful and intense too.
Damn fine music.
First time listener of Marianne Faithful and I loved it. Will definately give it another listen. And she is the original angry girl!!!! 4 stars
I'm still surprised a few days later by how much I enjoyed this album, especially listening to it immediately after British Steel. The final song is dirty. I approve.
Me gusta mucho este disco, aunque no lo escucho tanto. Quizá debería hacerlo más, pero bueno, un sólido 9/10. "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" y "Working Class Hero" me encantan.
Her voice is unique and strange. The songs are intense. I appreciate it. The Working Class Hero cover was ambitious, but I think she pulled it off.
Rock peculiar. Versión de Working class hero.
A completely new album for me a really depressing album featuring Marianne's various struggles this really is a work of art and a revolutionary album for its time
This is one that comes down to the vocals for me. I simply don't like her voice. I know that's supposed to be part of the story with what she went through and everything but it just doesn't work for me. I do like the arrangements and atmosphere though. My favorite track is probably her cover of "Working Class Hero" - she makes it so sinister. And I must say "Why'd You Do It" is an hell of a way to close an album. Wow. Gotta respect that honesty. God damn.
60's female liberation calcified into snide, embittered, off-hand broadsides. She confidently rides disco-punk-and-even-ska rhythms that are itchy and agitated because it's not easy being a woman. Esepecially one who's putting everyone in the dock--herself, her cheating bastard boyfriend, and the cunt he had in their bed.
I'm listening to Broken English by Marianne Faithfull. I've never listened to this album before, and only have tangentially heard of Marianne as part of the 60s London swinging rock scene. And she dated Mick Jagger famously. First impressions are positive. This is why I'm doing this funny generated album web site for a chance to find something new. I would have liked this album if I had explored and given her a chance. It connects with Television Marquee Moon, it feels of that time and place when punk was exploding. It's been a revelation to hear this on this morning when Trump leaves the White House. Marianne had quite a tough and colorful life leading up to this album, and I feel it all wash over me. I would like to spend some more time with this album. The title track and the one about Lucy Jordan are my favorites so far.
Raunchy, raw, powerful. Faithfull's version of The Ballad of Lucy Jordan is iconic and moving and inspired me to get to Paris, even if it wasn't in a sports car.
What an amazingly intense album on survival. The songs are incredibly strong, her voice broken and you can feel power, pain and disillusionment throughout the album. And an absolutely haunting version of Working Class Hero to boot. 4,5*
This basically just needs to be listened to. It encapsulates an entire decade of thought and attitude by white people in the UK in one album. 5/5
Well this was a pleasant surprise. Never heard of this artist before and it was fantastic. Reading about her I'm surprised the name doesn't ring a well since she was involved in the 60s British invasion. Definitely a great find.
Very late 70's in sound which seems to suit her voice this album seems to be more about Marianne than the music. She has an odd voice and has a magnetic personality. Try checking out her 60's songs on Spotify and it's shocking the contrast. The music is average but the lyrics and Marianne's voice and persona make this worth listening to. It's all about excess and self-destruction. BTW don't listen to 'Why'd ya do it ' with your mother in the room......
4/21 Great songs, her raspy voice gives it that edge. Standout Tracks: Broken English, Guilt, The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, Working Class Hero
New discovery. I like it and her career arc is really interesting.
Some hidden classics
Great, too short really. Blindsided by the last track! :grin:
Funny that guilt is on this album as it was also one of the closing songs in mindhunter which I've just finished watching. Guilt into ballad of Lucy John (which sounds like it had Leonard's fingers all over it) into a Blondie sounding What's The Hurry? is a very strong clutch.
Knew of Marianne Faithful, but had never heard her sing before. Dubious at the first few notes, I quickly found myself enjoying her voice and tone. The songs weren’t all awesome, but I’d definitely listen to another album.
This is a forgotten favorite from my youth. Favorite might be too strong an adjective as I liked it never loved it. Marianne's voice is an acquired taste; all tobacco stained and whisky soaked. But the songs are tough and uncompromising, (check out Why'd ya do It) for about as raw a lover scorned song as you will ever hear), and her take on Working Class Hero, the Lennon classic, is absolutely definitive. I do love the arrangements and listening to this for this first time in many years was a nostalgic and rewarding experience. 4.5🌟
Quirky. Klinkt niet alsof het uit 1979 komt. Veel covers.
Verrassend goed album zeg!
I am digging this vibe, but what are we talking about here in Broken English
Well, it's a listen. Not sure if I'd go for the whole album again, but it does grow quite considerably between the first and last tracks. I can definitely see how this has influenced later work. I was thinking Grace Jones, and it turns out that Barry Reynolds worked with Jones following the release of Broken English.
Enjoyed this. Never thought of Faithfull as musician. Shame on me. The synths are clearly bolt on, but they do succeed in modernizing it. I'm sure I've heard a cover of the title song somewhere too.
I know the name Marianne Faithfull but haven't knowingly heard her before. I know that she sang backup vocals on Neil Young's Harvest record. And I think she's more "of that era" but then I start listening to this record... This is so dang rad! Such synthy goodness. I'm really into it. Another record that BUT - Her voice sounds weak and strange. Again, haven't heard other things from her, so I don't know if that's an anomaly here, or that's what she sounds like. I think it works well for this style of music (which isn't necessarily known for great vocals). Just not what I expected for a person that *I think" is known for a great voice. [Note: After writing this, I looked the record up on Wikipedia and saw this, which may explain the voice: "The album marked a major comeback for Faithfull after years of drug abuse, homelessness, and suffering from anorexia."] I need to see what other great female songwriters were up to in the mid-late 70s. Between this record and Joni Mitchell's output, it seems like the ladies of the 60s were much more interesting after their careers peaked. I mean, does anyone want to hear what CSNY were doing in 1979? Didn't think so... This is a great record and I'll definitely listen again. Man, so many 4's in the new year. Need so shitty records to break this trend.
Un treball que expressa la música des d'una forma molt personal d'entrendre-la. I la persona que l'expressa demostra ser una artista en el seu sentit més punyent, rebosant -en aquell moment al menys, de coses a dir i de maneres com dir-les. Un disc molt personal, i a la vegada molt obert i fàcil d'entrar en ell. El cènit de Faithfull com a artista i una altra joia a conservar d'uns anys màgics de creativitat
girlboss laying down some good shit. English Joni Mitchell not messing around I liked a lot
I guess I never really got onto Marianne Faithfull’s post-70s career. I don’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t this. Not exactly for me but I’ll give it an extramarital point for some ahead of their times raw nasty lyrics
dark, fractious, bohemian, a glass of wine and a Gitane. then another.
Still like the title song; rest of album pretty good
Very good album - surprisingly engaging.
Few different sounds mixed well in here. Who knew that county could sound good with a little electronic backing.
great transitional album with a couple electronica nods. keeps it punk though overall. working class hero cover is fantastic
Y'a des petits bangers en vrai !
Not bad. Reminiscent of grace Jones Dub in parts
This is surprisingly good. I knew next to nothing about her. My only memory, and it vividly came to mind as soon as I read her name here, was when I was maybe 13 or so and she was the musical guest on SNL. I had never seen or heard of her before. The reason why the memory is so vivid is that I remember so clearly how striking her appearance was, and, sadly, not in a good way. I had never seen a human so thin and frail. She looked severely ill. The performance is referenced in the Wikipedia entry about this album, and the entry speaks to her years of substance addiction and it makes sense now why my 13-year-old self was so struck by how she seemed. She is still alive, though, and hopefully, she's okay. I never like to see anyone suffer. In this album, I hear a talent that can cut across an interesting variety of music. Synth-dance-y at times, dark edgy bluesy and rock-sounding, and a bit of punk and new wave sound. Really cool stuff.
Liked this a hell of a lot more than I thought I would. Don't think I've ever listened to a Marianne Faithfull album before... Definitely pre-judged her and got it wrong
pretty groovy, 8/10
First time listening to this and I really enjoyed. Do recommend
Goddamn but "Why D'Ya You Do It" is still bracing, isn't it? So many controversial songs get tamed by the passage of time, but somehow this hasn't...
This is the kind of album I hoped I would find more often in this list, as far as variation goes. Generally, the album's style is pop/rock with some blues thrown in for good measure. The most well-known song is probably The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, which is dominated by a wobbly synth arrangement, but every single track is different here, so with every song the listener has something new to discover (unlike with so, SO many other albums on this list). This was a great find, to which I will listen again. 4/5
There’s a lot of interesting parts of this album - but it’s a little on the monotone side musically as a whole. However it contains some juggernauts - Why D’Ya Do It - the album closer is off the wall gritty and powerful - her cover of Working Class Hero is also a perfect match for her brooding gravely voice - title track Broken English and Ballad of Lucy Jordan also elevate this album. The brutal honesty of emotion throughout this record just gives it an extra star - it is the journal of a wrought heart and should be measured as such.
this is a great album. Lyrics, band, both up there. Marianne's voice needs to be gotten used to a little but it came off well.
Je connaissais le nom, mais n’avais encore jamais rien écouté de ce qu’elle a enregistré et j’avoue être agréablement surpris par cette écoute. La voix a du vécu, mais elle sert bien l’album. Gros coup de coeur pour Guilt et Why’d Ya Do It. Je vais assurément revenir à cet album.
Je ne sais pas si elle fait exrès pour que la voix casse comme ça, mais ça devient agaçant quelques fois. Autrement, c’est plutôt cool comme album.
Faithfull at his best
AHEAD OF ITS TIME. i would believe this was made today if i didn’t know better.
Surprisingly experimental and electronic, and quite raunchy.
The albums opener broken English is a decent song rather simple but a nice plunge into her sound, but there’s something about her singing that I really don’t like to be honest, hope that opinion improves as the album goes on. Witches song goes in a folkier direction than the other tracks I prefer it to the last song but something still isn’t clicking. Brain drain was a rather likeable song though I don’t know why though but this one was good, very good in fact! Guilt is a nice tender ending to side one that eventually spirals in its energy throughout, not necessarily something a I love but still rather entertaining. The ballad of Lucy Jordan is a banger an amazing example of side 2 track one being a banger! What’s the hurry was also a banger but I couldn’t find anything notable as such. The penultimate track working class hero is a slow powerful banger loved this one! Why’d ya do it is dance rock at it’s finest brilliant closer. This is a very backloaded album in my opinion the last 4 songs were amazing but the first 3 were a mixed bag. 4/5
total blindspot - had never even heard of her. sounds more recent than the 70s to me. intense.
Excellent album, I love her unique voice. All of the songs are good.
Interesting, dark, angry. I felt it
I quite liked this. Very good country-punk-synthpop stuff, and I really liked the darker and angrier songs. Favourite: Working Class Hero
Þessi plata er algjör negla. Fröken Faithfull kom þarna frama sínum aftur af stað eftir nokkur mjög erfið ár.
This is a package to be commended. A more than fine example of where the music delivers to album cover. It is an interesting mix of songs that are well produced. The vocals vary but are punchy, gritty and strident throughout.
I really felt like I connected to Marianne Faithfull in this record. You can hear the years of pain, suffering, grief, defiance. I think her performance is captivating, and it helps that the music is so well produced, a really good example of this style, great guitars. The one track in the middle that sounds like an English folk tune, but with a different take on it production-wise… THAT I really liked. But it had me hooked from minute 1! Four stars!
This album is beautiful. I loved it's strange New Wave melodies. They feel lost somewhere nice between between punk and disco. With just a twist of kraut rock in the synths and percussion. I loved that the brutal honesty of Marianne's lyrics feel especially brutally honest in the unique voice and way of her singing. She is an amazing storyteller. "Witches' Song" might be my favorite. "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" and "Why'd You Do It" too. This is my first time ever hearing this album. And I'm so grateful for it. It feels really special.
Este ha sido un verdadero descubrimiento. Se agrega inmediatamente a la biblioteca y a la rotación.
On first listen, not seeing the classic status. But her voice has a way of worming its way into your brain as it moves above the close-to-post-punk beats. Certainly could be a grower, but for now more interesting historically than musically.
Great songs, reminded me of blondie and I love that. The ballad of Lucy Jordan is my standout for sure.
I understood most of it, not so broken after all
I could take or leave the vocals, but I'd listen to an album of just the band grooving. Some fun, if somewhat forgettable songs here. Best track: The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
Interesting vocals, the last song was like O.O Kind of a trip, to be honest.
Didn‘t know this cover of „working class hero“. Quite liked it.
Just nothing that stand out or makes this album remarkable in any way
good new wave sound but vocals are a little rough
Fav Song: Witches' Song
Good album. Great voice. Like a David Gilmour solo album with Marianne on vocals.
Such a distinctive voice and style! Fave track - "Guilt"
The first half of the album is a 2. The second half of the album is a 4.5 Maybe split the difference here?
Rock, folk. Pasable.
Bon album mais ressemble trop a d’autrs chose. Il en a des millions d’albums comme cleui la. Des fois ca se demarque plus qune ´autre. 3
I like the dark ambience throughout, you can tell her life truly seeps into her vocal delivery. However, no song is really bringing something new.
Després de caure al pou de la heroïna, viure al carrer i perdre la custódia del seu fill amb Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithful va ressucitar d'entre els morts amb un àlbum amb que trencava el seu estil anterior basat més en el folk, i es va llençar a la piscina de la new wave, aconseguint el seu àlbum més rodó i reconegut.
Never heard of it. Not bad
Wasn't quite sure at first listen, but it grew on me throughout the album. She's quite the storyteller, and the vibe is kind of cool and chill. Listened during a nap, and it was nice! 3/5.
A really good surprise - album builds after a slow start - enjoyed the music and lyrics - would revisit
Surprisingly different to what I imagined. Fantastic voice and some great songs, even managing to pull off a cover of Working Class Hero. Will def revisit
Not very exciting but bearable
Enjoyed this far more than I expected to
Bizarre lyrics. Well produced.
Poignant lyrics with buckets of emotion. Songs feel like they are longer than they are.
Some interesting stuff in there. Not what I was expecting.
Not for me, though I did really like the tracks Guilt and Why'd ya do it
some interesting parts but i hated her voice
Not keen, not like proper rock
3.5, nice and moody
Lush instrumentation with some brilliantly written songs. However, quite a few of the deeper cuts fell flat for me.
3/5 it’s not bad but nothing stands out as great.
Lots of spoken word albums in this list. I really didn't like this album very much. I though the music and the backing band were good, but couldn't get into the vocals at all.
Impressive album which helps her stand out from her peers.
Interesting album. I did not know any of the songs.
Wat rauwe new-wave met R&B/pop-achtig kantje. Niet onmiddellijk mijn smaak
There is definitely something catchy about this record, still one spin aint enough to figure it out
Одна очень классная песня и очень приятный звук.
I see what she's going for here, but also am not a huge fan of the vocal delivery.
Not really a fan of this one, some songs were okay.
Tough rating. I’ve never heard Marianne F, but I knew that voice had to be iconic then and now. Several songs really got me feeling things—especially the proto girl rock/Liz Phair stuff, but then (especially on the first listen) some of it felt just a little too country. I’d listen to some songs but not the whole album again.
Good overall album. I loved the instruments and vocals were good as well. I’d dig this on a road trip especially on long stretches of open highway.
Interessante la voce quasi roca, pungente. Non mi dispiace, ma non trovo niente che mi colpisca particolarmente. Bella la cover di 'Working Class Hero'
Overall, this album is okay. Her voice kinda got to me after a while. But- I really dug a couple of the tracks, especially Why'd Ya Do it?. It's cool that she did a Lennon cover and that she used poets' lyrics (including Shel Silverstein), and that Steve Winwood played keyboards. (and that she dated Mick Jagger) Solid album.
acceptable new wave
Speak to me in broken englishbhh 3/5
It's a good album. She only had a very few hits back in the days that I can remember. Her style is unmatched. She is unique and I can listen to it w/out the urge to skip to the next song quickly. I call that success.
would never have listened without this list. Probably not going to listen to much more Marianne Faithful although I wouldn't count it out either, why'd ya do it is a great way to finish off the album.
Not bad, not great. The backstory on the album and Marianne's career is interesting . Would listen to it again but not anytime soon.
I enjoyed this and admire her place as a cultural icon. Not a stand out album for me.
An interesting, up and down album for me. Some songs were really great, while others didn't resonate. Maybe it was just how I was feeling when I was listening, but even though I enjoyed the rough gravel of her voice, I couldn't get lost in her songs the way I wanted to.
weirdly catchy low key post punk electro vibes. some startlingly crass lyrics to spice things up
You ever feed your dog meatloaf and afterwards wonder if perhaps that wasn't your best idea? My dog ate two pounds of Manwich and spent the next two days shitting. Her stomach could be heard across the room churning and gurgling. The first song on this album reminds me of those two days. The album isn't terrible, some of it reminds me of a remedial Cindi Lauper or some polished Slits. The 80's vibe, though it's outdated, brings some enviable and unique nostalgia. What's the Hurry? and The Ballad of Lucy Jordan along with Why'd Ya Do It are good. The Working Class Heroes cover is terribly awful. I'm convinced the person who made the decision to include it is the same one that suggested the flatulating synthesizer be used on the title track. RIP Juno
I picked this up on vinyl when I was a teenager, specifically for the title track. The album as a whole is actually nothing like the title track, which is probably why teenage me never really listened to it. That's really too bad, because that's actually one of the weaker tracks on the album. Musically, it turns out the album is quite good. Lyrically and musically mature, the songs mix acidic social commentary with pointed sexual politics. Fave Songs: What's the Hurry, Witches' Song, Working Class Hero, Broken English 3 4 3 3 3 5 4
Цельный альбом с парой неплохих песен, которые под настроение очень даже могут зайти.
better than expected for early 80s new wave
album qui fait partie des oublis instantanés
Interesting sound from the period between the 70's and 80's
Stand out Tracks - Broken English - Working Class Hero - Guilt
Ah, we're at last graced with a British invasion album. And I have to admit that this is very different from what I expected. I Googled the artist and even though there are these piercing songs about classism and discrimination she was apparently linked to royalty or nobility in Europe and dated Mick Jagger? What is all of that about? I don't know, but this album was solidly enjoyable. Nice melodies, great lyrics, just okay vocals. 3 stars for me, but a strong 3 stars. Fave tracks: "Broken English" and "Working Class Hero"
Alrighty then - Reverend Father Ace Ventura (Pet Detective)
Some bops! But not full of them.
Not my favorite new wave/pop album. Some things were executed well such as the songs ‘Guilt’ and The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’, but overall, I found that this album was not as engaging as other new wave music from this time period. However, this album does represent a triumphant return for Marianne Faithful after 12 years without an album and bouts of drug abuse and homelessness so something should be said for that.
Plenty of pain here, and her ink belongs to be read.
Marianne Faithfull was new to me, but I found her to be intriguing. Her first album was released in the 60s and was quintessential 60s pop. Then, into the 70s, Marianne went through a rough patch, which led to her heavily abusing drugs and suffering from an eating disorder. As a result, her voice was permanently damaged and changed. In 1979, after mostly a decade of musical inactivity, she released this album which was an extreme deviation from her norm and a culmination and reflection of these many rough, life changes. This album was categorized as "new wave", and while I can hear those qualities, I felt like the album had a lot of other musical genres on display that were often even more prominent. Regardless of genre, the album was pleasantly dark and edgy throughout. This was coupled with Marianne Faithfull's raspy voice, which I loved. The songs themselves were a bit hit or miss for me. That said, Broken English and Witches' Song were both faves; the latter gave me strong Stevie Nicks vibes in musical and vocal style as well as lyric style. I'd clock this at about a 2.5, so rounding it up to 3.
her voice on this album is the most unique part! you wouldn't think someone should sing with such a voice, but with the new wave and song contents, faithfull makes it work. it's somewhat off putting at first; her voice definitely grew on me. but she brings a certain charm to the songs. "the ballad of lucy jordan" rather grabbed me. i wasn't aware shel silverstein ever jumped into song lyrics (though it's clear this is his style), but i dug faithfull's version of the song very much. an easter egg for me is steve winwood on synthesizers! how neat.
There were parts of it I really enjoyed, and I loved that version of Working Class Hero. Other songs faded into the background though.
I have nostalgic feelings for the ballad of Lucy Jordan, and I enjoyed the sister morphine cover. Generally fine, but not super memorable
Fractured listen due to bike ride and needing to listen on YouTube. Nothing super memorable but nothing terrible either
Fairly indifferent about this… not great, not bad!
Pretty average album but last track is great "why'd ya do it" lyrics are 👌👌
For 1979, this album felt a couple years ahead of its time. However, this is also one of the few albums where the background of the album is just as interesting as the actual music. Mariannes personal struggles since her previous album definitely give the album an extra weight it wouldn't have had otherwise
at the age of 37 kinda sticks to your brain, huh
Rockig, leicht, unaufgeregt
Very bluesy, I can hear the rolling stone influences. Unique voice.
Eight consistent tracks and overall a pretty good record, but really nothing more than this.
Not sure why is this here
Have Guilt & Working Class Hero saved on my Spotify already. I go through periods where I like Marianne's voice and others where it's just grating to me. Overall I like the album but can never make a decision how much I actually like it upon revisits, so probably a 3 for me.
Decent album. Kinda annoying voice after a while
This was a weird mix of things and stuff. A little Stevie Nicks, a little good, a little bad.
it was fine, her voice was a little too gravely for me.
Her voice is likely an acquired taste that unfortunately I have yet to acquire. The album itself isn’t terrible, towards the end the songs become less exciting.
3.6 - This one's got all the trappings of a late career record from a fading rocker (see also my reviews for Emmylou Harris and Dennis Wilson): a) expensive and subtle studio production and sound engineering, b) vocals that betray nicotine addiction, c) vague lyrics with whiffs of sex and drugs, d) subdued instrumental arrangements that complement, and don't distract from, the energy of the geriatric artist, e) just enough trendy sonics of the day (synths, electronics, etc.) to keep things "hip." Throw in a compelling backstory of redemption for the artist (up from addiction, homelessness, etc.) and you get this record. OK, all my cynicism aside, "Why'd Ya Do It" is one of the better songs I've heard that expresses hot rage directed at an unfaithful partner.
She has an interesting bar singer voice. It works well for background music, but not much else. It doesn't move me.
Listened in the car, liked some songs! Might be better for a rainy night at home
79/100: Truly a very, very good album. This album is good fit mostly one reason: Marianne Faithfull's voice. With that being said, I can see how you might hate her voice, I find it incredibly beautiful and unique. I've never heard a singing voice quite like this until I turned this album on this morning. Somehow her voice is both raspy and soft at the same time. Really cool and unique sound.
I'm sure it was good but I just didn't vibe the voice
I didn't find it very interesting
Don’t understand the appeal, sounds like her voice is breaking every other word
This probably didn't need to be anyone greatest albums list
sounds too much of that MOR eighties sound
not for me.
nah - C
She's not singing very hard.
About what you’d expect from Mick Jagger’s ex wife
This album is a trip! I spend the bulk of it thinking, “She has such a gnarly voice. Why are these songs so bland and tame? When is she going to be let off the leash?” Then the last track rolls around and suddenly she turns into Andrew Dice Clay screaming, “WHY DID YOU SPIT ON MY SNATCH?” Lol! Who saw that coming?? Excellent Lennon cover and snatch spitting aside, I really wish the whole record could have matched the driving urgency of the title track. I think I would have liked that quite a bit.
No es mi estilo
8 canciones. 37 minutos. Año 1979. Hay una canción interesante que precisamente es la más famosa de ella: The ballad of Lucy Jordan. Un disco normal a día de hoy.
The song about spitting on snatches and sucking cock just comes out of nowhere.
Booooooring. The songwriting seems really shallow and most of the instrumentation overly simple and repetitive. The last song is an exception - but I didn't enjoy that one either.
nice album art. music is exactly what I'm into but I'm not digging her voice/delivery. not into the lyrics either. her voice reminds me a bit of miley cyrus, or the other way around i suppose, especially during 'the ballad of lucy jordan'.
Not a fan
Singing isn't my speed but some of the guitar work is good esp on guilt. Why'd ya do it has some intense lyrics
Not my cup of tea really.
21. Tenho pressa. Sou uma gazela que já só quer chegar à mesa. Corro, subo às árvores, apanho as amoras. Vou dizer ao teu pai que aqui não moras. MotA: "What's The Hurry?" "Could have come through anytime"
Mismatch between raw vocals and synthheavy production. I enjoyed the John Lennon cover
I feel like this would have worked much better as an instrumental album. Great music, ruined by Marianne's vocals.
Nothing too special here. Couldn’t find a way to get really into it. The singing is fine, but the songs aren’t really poppy and they’re too dull to be interesting. 4.4/10
Nothing wrong with it, I just don't like it
I know of Marianne Faithfull, but never heard anything. Ahhh well, even if it sucks it's only 37min lol. It's new wave, wasn't expecting that. Figured it'd be country. Not too bad, not too good. Dragged on a bit even at its short length. 2.5/5.
Nasal folk rock with interesting lyrics
Just kinda meh.
Mumble pop. Nothing special with this album.
Weird. Did not enjoy, but didn't hate outright
Somewhat offensive English!
Wouldn't listen again... Poor Lucy!