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Marianne Faithfull - Give My Love to London

by Nse Ette Rating:9 Release Date:2014-11-17

Marianne Faithful's new album Give My Love to London finds her working with the likes of Anna Calvi, Patrick Leonard, and Nick Cave to name a few, resulting in one of her most personal works. With a career spanning five decades, her voice is now weathered, dusky and affecting.

The title track is a gentle country-tinged stomp. 'Love More or Less' a tender acoustic ballad, while the Nick Cave-penned 'Late Victorian Holocaust' is a brooding piano lament on drug addiction cloaked in menacing strings. “We were star babies in the dark/ throwing up in Meanwhile Park/ then sleeping in each other’s arms/ Beyond happy we were/ beyond harm," she sings on what is an album highlight.  

'Falling Back' is sunny and majestic, while the doleful piano ballad 'Deep Water' is another Nick Cave co-write. 'Mother Wolf' is a quivery romp with biting lyrics (“The words that come out of your mouth disgust me/ The thoughts in your heart sicken me”), 'Going Home' is a dark ballad with a spoken/sung delivery (penned by Patrick Leonard and Leonard Cohen). Closing is the spectral, Hoagy Carmichael co-penned 'I Get Along Without You Very Well', with her arcebic lyrics backed by delicately plucked sitar and dramatic strings.

Work on the album commenced while Faithful was recovering from a back injury, allowing her to focus and write more. Affecting and laden with anger and angst, it's great to have Fairhful back on her feet.  

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