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It was albums like BROKEN ENGLISH that helped establish Marianne as more than just Mick Jagger's ex-girlfriend & some would also argue that she has held up better than her former lover. The big question about KISSIN' TIME would be could an old pro like Marianne work well with the younger admirers? The answer turns out to be a resounding yes!
Since 1999's MIDNITE VULTURES, Beck has been a little on the quiet side, the normally prolific Mr. Hansen taking his time with his next artistic move. But apparently, he had time to work with Marianne & gave her some of his best material, too. Songs like "Sex With Strangers" & "Like Being Born" (which may be more sinister than it sounds) are both typical of Marianne's pull-no-punches look at her past history & Beck's new-Dylan-ish stream-of-consciousness writing style.Read more ›
I have always associated Marianne with other famous blondes of the 1960s like Nico and Anita Pallenberg, so it's apt that she does a tribute to the Velvet Underground chanteuse with the expert help of Dave Stewart. This era produced another Nico tribute; compare the song with the same title on the album How I Loved You by Angels of Light. But I miss the emotional resonance and authenticity of 1999's Vagabond Ways.Read more ›
Marianne Faithfull has seen highs and lows in life, and this record shows that she came to terms with her past. Her voice is unique, and musicians of a younger generation (Jarvis Cocker, Beck, Etienne Daho, Damon Albarn and Billy Corgan) helped her to write and orchestrate songs about emptiness ("Sex With Strangers"), the lives of Marianne Faithfull ("Sliding through Life on Charms") and Nico ("Song for Nico"), about growing ("Like Being Born") and about Love ("I'm On Fire" and "Kissin' Time").
The result is amazing: "I'm On Fire" made me cry, it is such a beautiful hymn! When she sings "...and everything will be alright", after all she's through it gives me so much hope, and it is very deep...
"Sex With Strangers"'s 80's-cool funk reminds me of "Sign Of The Times".
"Like Being Born" goes back to her folky beginnings.
"Sliding Through Life On Charm" is the main responsible for the "Explicit Lyrics"-Sticker. It strongly resembles Pulp's "Glory Days", I think I like the legend around it even better than the song itself (she tried to write that song for 20 years but couldn't find a rhyme, and one day she bumped into Jarvis Cocker and asked him to write it, he read her autobiography and delivered the lyrics, then she took another year and a half to understand them and this came out of it.)
The title-track with its voodoo-like repetetive guitar-lick and mantra-like vocals ("Your time will come again")rounds the whole thing off in a beautiful, soothing and uplifting way.
"Kissin' Time" is such an elegant way of being diverse!
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Marianne delivers yet again with Kissin Time, collaborating with some awesome artists sees the song list sparkle in the dark with funky beats from Beck, and some mighty rocking out... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ian Willding
Kissin' Time being Faitfull's 2002 release and is a collaborative effort with the likes of Beck, Billy Corgan, Dave Stewart and Blur. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Bjorn Viberg
I really liked this album. I'm into Something Good very nearly reminds me of Marianne's early, first career days and is a bright upbeat song which is a relief from some of her... Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by Music Melody
As with everything Faithfull does - true artist,if there evr was one - this is another step into different direction,perhaps unexpected but rewarding adventure,sort of... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Sasha
Great Marianne Faithful stuff. Think her new stuff is much better than what she did 30 years ago. Would highly recommend.Published on June 23, 2008 by Susan Smith
Marianne Faithfull has always been an expert at bouncing back from obscurity, as with the seminal "Broken English" in the early 1980s. Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by Peter Uys
I think that I am one of Marianne's youngest fans and this album is by far one of her best. The thing that I LOVE about Marianne is that almost every album is different from the... Read morePublished on May 20, 2007
I was always curious about Marianne Faithfull, so when I saw who she worked with on this album, I thought it was a good time to try her out. Read morePublished on March 20, 2005 by H3@+h
Marianne Faithfull has always been expert at staying ahead of the times, as with the seminal Broken English in 1979. Read morePublished on March 16, 2005 by Peter Uys