Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - LAURA BAR­TON

Rock’n’roll’s el­der stateswoman on mag­nif­i­cent form.

Mar­i­anne Faith­full’s re­fusal to be cast as any­one’s muse has al­ways been one of her great­est strengths. So if her lat­est al­bum gath­ers to­gether a high­cal­i­bre male en­tourage – Nick Cave, Rob and Warren El­lis and Mark Lane­gan among them – you feel they have come to sit at her feet rather than bol­ster her ca­reer. These songs are later-life ru­mi­na­tions, the 71- yearold re­flect­ing on love, lost friends and the lone­li­ness of her adop­tive Paris. The Gypsy Faerie Queen, co-writ­ten and per­formed with Cave, and the Lane­gan-scored They Come At Night, ad­dress­ing the at­tack on the Bat­a­clan, are among the LP’s finest mo­ments, but it’s Born To Live, a trib­ute to the late Anita Pal­len­berg, that proves its most stir­ring.

Lis­ten To: Born To Live | The Gypsy Faerie Queen

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