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New directions were taken on A SECRET LIFE (1995) co-written with the Italian composer Angelo Badalementi, and in her exploration of the music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht; Beginning in 1991 with her performance in the Threepenny Opera, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and continuing with 20TH CENTURY BLUES (1996). This journey concluded with her important recording of the opera THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (1998). Marianne returned to her mainstream musical career with the release of one of her most admired albums, VAGABOND WAYS in 1999. The millennium ushered in a period of renewed creative vigour that saw Marianne return to her acting career in INTIMACY (2001), MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), and her acclaimed starring role in IRINA PALM (2006) for which she was nominated at the EFA for best actress. Two acclaimed albums followed based around collaborations with other artists that put her firmly back in the rock idiom KISSIN TIME (2002) with Billy Corgan, Beck, Pulp and Blur and more successfully with PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn and Jon Brion on BEFORE THE POISON (2004). Marianne also returned to the stage in THE BLACK RIDER (2004), a Faustian musical written by old friends Tom Waits and the late William Burroughs. Health scares put Marianne out of action for much of 2005 and 2006 but in 2007 Marianne toured the world and released a second volume of memoirs detailing a more personal side of her life called MEMORIES DREAMS AND REFLECTIONS (2007).
A recent trip to the BBC archives showed that almost all Marianne's live broadcasts from the sixties had survived. In a return to the label that made her name, Decca classics will be releasing the 20 track collection MARIANNE FAITHFULL LIVE AT THE BBC in the summer of 2008. The collection includes all her early hits and many less well known recordings. Marianne is backed throughout by the Mike Leander Orchestra with guitarist Jon Mark and delivers strong confident performances that in several cases go beyond the interpretations she put down on record. Marianne's new album EASY COME, EASY GO will be released at the end of 2008. Recorded over a two week period at the historic Sear Sound studios in New York, All the songs have been chosen by Marianne and Hal. The album includes interpretations of songs from such varied artists as Billie Holiday's `Solitude', Merle Haggard's `Sing Me Back Home', Bessie Smith's `Easy Come Easy Go Blues' (the title track), Morrissey `Dear God Please Help Me' and Dolly Parton `Down From Dover'. Using a brass band and string section, the band also reunites Marianne with Marc Ribot, and Barry Reynolds. Both Marianne and Hal feel the album is one of their best to date. Marianne will also be doing some special readings throughout 2008 of Shakespeare's love sonnets, accompanied by a cello. While the defining statements of many artists are made during their early years, Marianne Faithfull continues to develop her own voice: She sets herself aside from her contemporaries in her continuing quest to explore new creative areas in a career that has always been a positive process of self-assertion.
Much has been made about this being a Strange Weather 2.0. The problem is that, while Marianne Faithfull's voice has been uniquely weathered for a few decades now, on Strange... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Kevin Kochanski
Like the finest wine, Marianne only improves with age. The duet with Jarvis Cocker is not too hot, but everything else is sublime. Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by David Bret
Thanks for your job! CD is beautiful and service was good and fast... see youPublished on November 26, 2009 by Lorenzo Sinibaldi
not only open up your ears, but let the music seep through each and every pore of your body.
GOD: She's absolutely stunning.
Great voice, great music. Read more
Marianne Faithfull continues to amaze and impress with her showmanship and grace. An astonishing album with beautiful vocals and an impressive group of musicians.Published on November 5, 2009 by Lizzy Darcy
Poor Marianne! She needs to retire and let
fans remember her glory from days past! Didn't
care for the cd and neither did my best friend
who is a super fan! Read more
For almost three decades, it has seemed safe to assume that Marianne Faithfull has, consciously or otherwise, been attempting to recreate the artistic and critical success she... Read morePublished on July 13, 2009 by The Wingchair Critic
Marianne Faithfull returns with her 22nd release, `Easy Come, Easy Go' produced by collaborator Hal Willner and featuring a who's who of guest appearances from friends Nick Cave,... Read morePublished on July 9, 2009 by Greg Kinne