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All in all, a great album
Here is Faithfull's first pop collection in nearly five years. As might be expected, her interpretation of pop is somewhat more nuanced than, say, Britney Spears's. Especially effective are the up-tempo title track, which celebrates a life lived too close to the edge, and the quietly sad "Incarceration of a Flower Child," which chronicles a poignant morning after. With producer Mark Howard, Faithfull paints a dark but never dour portrait of lives out of focus and of love gone wrong.
I'm being careful, because Marianne Faithfull is amazing -- a unique talent, a great live performer, and a real survivor. So the components I happen to like and dislike come from the same healthy soup.
I think the difference is largely about instrumentation. To me, this album and some of her others are chaotic masses of poppish instrumentation that provide aimless structures for weak melodies, squandering the soulfulness of her voice and overpowering the messages and the stories under it all. The result is more a construction, or a "production," than a song, more of an effort than a pleasure to listen to.
But I have to respect those who like this album, and just boil the whole matter down to a single piece of advice. We'll see if it resonates. Here it is:
If you like Broken English, pony up the credit card. If your soul dances in the melencholy strains of Strange Weather, buy Vagabond Ways at your peril.
What she recalls in her life and mins is amazing. With her leric and song she creates a place and a time for us all to fall into.
Vagabond ways is a track to rember, the emotion that she give us to hear is so real and so now that twenty years from now people will hear it and say I was at that place and i felt that emotion. That is the gift the she has that anyone that is lucky enough to hear her work should rejoice in.
What she has to say is far beyond just her. Sh lets us into her past and we can all find momnets that connect with ours. I am happy to be a part of her world for jusat that moment.
I am egerly waiting for the next moment that she lets us be a pat of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really cannot forgive the track "Incarceration of A Flower Child". I'm really surprised to see someone else check it as a highlight. Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Baranabus
If you are a fan of Marianne Faithfull's early Island albums, there will undoubtedly be something of interest on this album too. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Morten Vindberg
'Vagabond Ways' (1999) is certainly one of Marianne Faithfull's most obtrusively auto-biographical ventures, albeit not one of her best ones. Read morePublished on December 21, 2008 by C. J. Ganter
I had mixed feelings about A Secret Life and 20th Century Blues. I could have sworn on its release that A Secret Life was going to be Ms. Read morePublished on October 28, 2004 by Jay Jay Smith
Marianne Faithful is famous for some reason, it ain't because of this album.Published on July 30, 2002 by The Orange Duke
I don't know why people are claiming that this is Marianne's best album since Broken English. True the title track and "Incarnation of a Flower Child" have the same... Read morePublished on November 12, 2001 by Tamara Kliss
With her cigarettes-and-whiskey alto voice and her been-there, done-that-twice persona, Marianne Faithfull, 53, packs all the tools a modern-day torch singer might need. Read morePublished on November 7, 2000