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Broken English

Marianne Faithfull

1979

Broken English
Album Summary

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.

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2.84

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Genres

  • Folk
  • Rock

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Wed Apr 07 2021
5

“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

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Thu Jan 26 2023
1

Highlights: "Broken English," "Guilt" This album is here because of who the artist is, their connection to pop music history, and how we're expected to read that into the mostly banal lyricism. The fact that it sucks on a visceral level is supposed to achieve symbolic meaning. It rests on merits of theater, or marketing, not music. It's a postmodern kind of critical acclaim, where the shortcomings and contradictions are profound until proven otherwise. We're told this album is an indictment of the icons and false promises of the '60s, but to have that weight it requires us to be preoccupied with rock tabloids in the first place, to glorify the artist for their connections in the first place. Pick a review at random and you'll find all the same name-dropping that occurred back then, the accolades of people that wronged her. She's trading in the coin she tells us is baseless. It's not just about celebrity eating its own head, we might suggest in her defense; it's about the rosy egalitarianism of the times. Then where does she stand now? The daughter of a baroness sings songs about a lower-class woman who will never have the rich man and the luxury car, covers John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" -- perhaps to self-flagellate, the generous listener thinks -- but what are Lucy Jordan and Lennon's hero to do? What's the heroism? Certainly not protest, unless it's to languish and snarl over deadbeat lovers, and political violence is right out. The only pointed political target besides Lennon's vague pancultural consumerist and authoritarian is the communist RAF, and her one point is that they don't represent her, literal royalty. There's nothing socially *constructive* she has to say, unless you count her dogmatic ode to witchcraft -- apparently *that's* the element of the counterculture she still finds credible! It's purportedly a personal triumph, an album of resilience... except defiance is only the most limited kind of resilience. She does after all fall back on the self-exploiting image of the Ruined Woman throughout the work. To credit her just for writing music after homelessness and losing custody of her child would be a grave insult to artists like Moon Dog or Joni Mitchell. Her attack on her milieu takes the form of a cautionary tale: see how horrible this is? Isn't this culture she's participating in right at this very moment so repugnant? Isn't this an awful, godforsaken wreck?

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Thu Feb 16 2023
1

An agonising, slow, torturous death of a record. A shit in a kettle in a Premier Inn hotel room, but it's too late, you've already drank the tea. Musical AIDS.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

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."

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Thu Feb 16 2023
2

Episode 8: Scott takes mushrooms, freaks out and forgets he's at a funeral. He throws up all over the elderly woman's decaying corpse. It's a metaphor for this album.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
5

One of a very few woman that I enjoyed listening to. And you can understant what she is singing, too.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

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.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

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.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

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.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

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.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

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.

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Wed Apr 26 2023
4

Stark, brutish and British. 4 stars.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

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

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Sat Sep 16 2023
3

It's fine, but it's definitely one of those albums that is here because of context rather than content.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

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.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

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.

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Sun May 09 2021
5

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. :)

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Uno de los mejores discos de la historia.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

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.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
5

Generally seen as Marianne Faithfull's best album (but I am not so familiar with her work except for the string of 60s singles, some albums from the early 00s and this 1001 album). In any case, Broken English is of course an excellent album, which just falls short of being a true classic (say 9/10 so still 5*).

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Mon May 08 2023
5

This is a beautiful album. Marianne Faithful's frail voice is moving, you can sense she went to hell and back just by the emotional strength of her performance. The cold-yet-determined synth-driven title-track is the main highlight here, of course, along with two fabulous covers, Shel Siverstein's "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan" and John Lennon's "Working Class Hero". "Guilt", sounding like a lethargic disco track under valium is also pretty hypnotic. Is the instrumentation in parts of this record dated? It sure is, but such "objective" flaws now add to the vintage feel of those songs. They help conveying what this LP is really about, tunes about old age and disillusion, played under the guise of white, "new-wave" blues. I sort of hesitated between a 4/5 and a 5/5 grade for a minute, but fuck it: *Broken English* is Faithfull's magnum opus, she says it herself. Let her reap the rewards that had been denied to her for too long before this moving album finally came out. 5/5, then. Number of albums left to review: 566 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 210 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 102 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 126

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised by this delightfully odd album!

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Rock peculiar. Versión de Working class hero.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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

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Sun Dec 25 2022
4

First of all, 10/10 album cover. Faithfull's voice is incredibly haunting and she manages to be equal parts fragile and gritty (as on the closing track 'Why D'Ya Do It'). 'Broken English', 'Witches' Song', and 'Guilt' are all great, and 'The Ballad of Lucy Jordan' paints an all too clear imagery while borrowing a bit of melody from 'Desolation Row'. Also, her version of 'Working Class Hero' has been stuck with me since the first time i heard it. To me, it's the superior version. It really is a great record which, besides being carried by Faithfull's vocals, is driven by incredible guitar work. It's perfectly groovy, always in the background, but continuously pulsating and creating momentum.

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Thu May 04 2023
4

Her voice sounds like she’s had more than a few rough years. I remember when I first heard this thinking, ”how old is this gal who’s making a splash on the new wave scene?” Not much over forty, it turns out. The back up musicians really deliver, the song-writing is good, and although she didn’t do much of it, her raspy interpretations stay with you, especially on the more haunting songs like “Working Class Heroes” and “Guilt”. While I’m not a fan of profanity, “Why’d You Do It” is an exception. I think I have a better appreciation of the song and the album in general, when listened to within the context of the ten years of her life that preceded it, which I didn’t have in 1980.

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Thu May 04 2023
4

Simply being alive after what she went through in the 1970s would be cause enough for celebration. We are all incredulous about Keith Richards' survival skills but Marianne endured the same toxicity without the supporting family and gazillionaire's bank account that Keith had. Those dark days and her shattered vocal chords didn't stop her from putting out a fine album. The highlights: Broken English, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, Why'd ya do it and her excellent cover of Working Class Hero. One thing that always impressed me about John's original was how intense it was given it's just him and his acoustic. Marianne adds instruments and keeps the intensity.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

some interesting parts but i hated her voice

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

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.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

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.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

I enjoyed this and admire her place as a cultural icon. Not a stand out album for me.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

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.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
3

Maybe the most 1979 sounding album I’ve heard in some time. Not necessarily a bad thing, the synths are very good, it’s kind of danceable in a laid back way and has a bit of a punk (read: new wave) edge. It wasn’t the most engrossing record I’ve ever heard, there were a few songs that were just sort of there and it felt a little too polished, but overall it was good.

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Mon Sep 11 2023
1

Nope. Not this. This ain't it. Has little redeemable qualities and too many irredeemable ones. Starting with her voice; I can't stand it. She is not a good singer, which sometimes works for an artist as they have a unique style. She has nothing. The instrumentation is lackluster and arrangements are completely unoriginal. I want to forget about this ill-fated road stop along my journey as fast as possible. 1/5

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

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*

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Thu Aug 04 2022
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

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Sun Sep 04 2022
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.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

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......

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

She was God in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and it was a well-deserved role. She is fantastic. I just checked on Wikipedia to make sure she’s still alive and she is.

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Wed Jan 11 2023
5

I cannot tell you how happy it made me to see this was the choice today. Again, it’s been kicking around the house since its release 40-odd years ago. Her voice is amazing and every song is painfully raw and emotional. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - I used it as a learning tool when I was young - that I would never be in a position to feel stifled and helpless and ‘unable to ride through Paris’. Then I grew up. But it still has an amazing visceral power with the ability to reduce me to tears, every time. (Side note - Michelle Shocked’s Anchorage has the same theme and same effect on me. Playing these two songs back to back is a killer.) Back to MF - this is one of those albums that makes you feel exposed. Every song is incredible, for me there are no weak points. And the cover of Working Class Hero, I would wager, is better than the original. She adds another layer of pathos. I feel like I’ve had the stuffing knocked out of me and need time to recover. But I guess that’s indicative of music that can bypass reason and inhabit your soul. Outstanding!

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Fri Feb 03 2023
5

Kind of a slow burn at the beginning, but after a while it becomes really good. A mix of blues-rock, synth, at times with a bit of Pink Floyd vibe, both musically and lyrically. And the unique vocals really help this album stand out.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

A perfect mix of folk, dance, and punk. This album is the epitome of what the early '80s became and is a soundtrack for 79-80.

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

Surprisingly enjoyed it though the composition is simpler than many other albums

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Wed Jun 14 2023
5

Never heard of her... she certainly has an interesting story, and this album is full of feeling. Was a solid 4*, but the final track bumped it up to a 5. Music with feeling and style, and I guess it must have been pretty ahead of its time too.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

Classic album by a classic survivor!

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Sun Jul 30 2023
5

I thought it was great. Highlights were The Ballad of Lucy Jordan and Guilt. Really good cover of Working Class Hero as well. Her voice is very cool, and I enjoyed the electro stuff.

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Fri Aug 04 2023
5

I thought this was a fantastic album, great production and songwriting.

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Fri Aug 04 2023
5

Really liked Marianne Faithfull's voice. Sounds like she lived through a rough time in the 70s, which made me connect with her more and cheer her on for making it out of a heroin addiction. Great music, had never heard of her before. Might be a 4.5.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

Highlights: Broken English, Guilt, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, Working Class Hero, Why D'Ya Do It. Lyrically iconic. Sonically unique. Marianne Faithfull establishes mood and beat from the get go. Wikipedia labels this as new wave but it waltzes with and away from said category. And I don't hear any filler! So many gutsy and captivating lyrics are to be found, from the title track ("It's not my reality. It's just an old war. Not even a cold war... What are you fighting for?") to the closer 'Why D'Ya Do It'. The final track is a spiteful, yet eloquent piece reminiscent of an X-rated Patti Smith poem ("When I stole a twig from our little nest and gave it to a bird with nothing in her beak, I had my balls and my brains put into a vice and twisted around for a whole fucking week" And that's the 'tame' lyrics!). The common complaint of Faithfull is her voice and crass lyrics. Yes, it's not for everyone. Thus the basis of its appeal (am I a hypocrite for complaining about Michael Stipe's voice and not Marianne's? Probably). You NEED to listen to this album. Perfect length (36:35), challenging and thought provoking. Give it a chance. Overall: 9/10 Reviewed on 1001 Album Club: 5/5 positive. Not rated on 1001 Album Complaints at time of writing.

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

Stevie Nicks x Miley Cyrus (voice/vibes)

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

This album is the embodiment of “zero fucks to give” and I absolutely loved it. Acerbic, clever lyrics and just excellent songs in general.

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Sun Feb 18 2024
5

I unexpectedly loved this and have now listened to it about 5 times. Yet another woman who has been overlooked because of the men she was with

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

I wasn't familiar with any of Marianne Faithfull's music, but I'm so glad to hear this. The sound/production values are of that time, but very clean and crisp, without too much in the way of layered effects, but the synth sounds courtesy of Steve Winwood really add so much to this, paving the way for the great sounds coming up in the 80s. There is a definite punk influence but getting acquainted with where she was in her life by that point, the voice just befits the sound so well. It's a great listen. All the songs are really good, but my favorite tracks are Broken English, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, and Why'd Ya Do It?

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Fri Mar 08 2024
5

I bought this after reading "Faithfull: An Autobiography" c. 1995, and remember liking it, but it could well be 20 years or more since I last listened to it - somehow it slipped between the cracks in my collection/memory. Clearly this was a mistake, as it's as cracking an album as Madame Faithfull's voice (ba dum tish). The production dates it, but this is an album I'll be listening to much more, in anticipation each time of the crescendo of "Why D'Ya Do It" - as good a profanity laced closing track as you could wish for.

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Wed May 15 2024
5

Wow this is a really cool album. Synth rock and psychedelic rock with really sharp, interesting lyrics. “Guilt” really grabbed me lyrically. “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” is a sad one. But the music contrasts the story with interesting synth-driven music. Marianne Faithfull’s version of John Lennon’s “Working Clads Hero” is fantastic! I found myself focusing on the lyrics as if the song was totally new to me. It’s such a great song and she totally makes it her own. Whoa, the closing track “Why’d Ya Do It” is incredible. Brutal and bitter but a total jam and a singalong too! I love that this could have been a singer-songwriter album. There’s that focus on songcraft and lyrics. But Marianne Faithfull makes sure that the music is as interesting and distinct as her lyrics. It’s tough to give an album a 5 on a first listen but I feel like I have to here. Rarely has an album on this list stopped me in my tracks like this. A lot of times the albums float past me and I wonder, “Would this have been better if I wasn’t partially distracted and listening on headphones while food shopping?” Today I had to stop more than once while cutting chicken and just listen to the songs. I’m gonna want to return to this album again and I’m so curious to here more by Marianne Faithfull.

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Thu Jun 06 2024
5

Yeah Marianne Faithfull deserves a spot on the list!

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Thu Jun 06 2024
5

Fantastic. Just the thing I needed today. Thumbs way up!

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Mon Jun 17 2024
5

Achei beeem vibes. Gostei da pegada, da super pra colocar pra tocar enquanto trabalha de ficar curtindo o som.

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Fri Jun 21 2024
5

Reaaally enjoyed this one. Would prob rate it 4.5 but apparently I lean towards being generous with stars on here. :)

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Mon Jul 15 2024
5

Oh man, this is fantastic. I had no idea Witches' Song was a cover and this was the original. Wow! This album is definitely for me. I had no idea this 70s alternative electronic rock artist existed. Her voice and musical stylings remind me of bit of Patti Smith. I'm so glad this is on the challenge. I learned to like something new today.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

4/21 Great songs, her raspy voice gives it that edge. Standout Tracks: Broken English, Guilt, The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan, Working Class Hero

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

New discovery. I like it and her career arc is really interesting.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Great, too short really. Blindsided by the last track! :grin:

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

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.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

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🌟

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Quirky. Klinkt niet alsof het uit 1979 komt. Veel covers.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

I am digging this vibe, but what are we talking about here in Broken English

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

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.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

girlboss laying down some good shit. English Joni Mitchell not messing around I liked a lot

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

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

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

dark, fractious, bohemian, a glass of wine and a Gitane. then another.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Still like the title song; rest of album pretty good

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Very good album - surprisingly engaging.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Few different sounds mixed well in here. Who knew that county could sound good with a little electronic backing.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

great transitional album with a couple electronica nods. keeps it punk though overall. working class hero cover is fantastic

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Y'a des petits bangers en vrai !

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Not bad. Reminiscent of grace Jones Dub in parts

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

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.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

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

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Sat May 07 2022
4

First time listening to this and I really enjoyed. Do recommend

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