MARIANNE FAI FAITHFULL
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