Marianne Faithfull | Give My Love to London (Dramatico/Naïve)

live FaithfullVocally, Faithfull has aged like a fine wine.



Marianne Faithfull has nearly done it all. Singer, songwriter, actress (she plays God on the hit British comedy Absolutely Fabulous) and author, she now sees the release of her 20th solo album, Give My Love to London. The 11-song disc includes collaborations with such artists as Nick Cave and Roger Waters.

This album has a ’60s feel and ambiance to it, while sporting a more modern production and sound. Poppy and bluesy in all the right places, Faithfull is in fine form here. Opening the disc is the upbeat ode to her hometown, title track “Give My Love to London,” which has an almost country feel. Vocally, Faithfull has aged like a fine wine. While some of the lyrics seem more spoken than sung, the mix of the two flatters her, and gives the material a well-needed edge.

The production here is more raw and loose on most of the tracks. Yet, songs like first single “Sparrows Will Sing” are more electronic, with a Pet Shop Boys/Midge Ure–type of sound. Spotlight tracks also include “Going Home,” a lovely, melancholy ballad, and the harsh “True Lies,” which is one of the best tracks here. Grungy and raw, Faithfull delivers a vocal true to her rock ’n’ roll background. With heavy guitars and scathing lyrics, this track rocks.

Also of note, the singer/songwriter recently recorded a cover version of Fleetwood Mac’s tune “Angel,” written by Stevie Nicks for the Tusk LP. Faithfull will be embarking on a 12-month tour to commemorate her 50th anniversary in the music business.

Overall, this is a very good album, the kind where one wants to listen to the entire thing. Raw and personal, it is a most enjoyable musical journey. A | Marc Farr

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