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Vagabond Ways

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"Oh, doctor please. I drink and I take drugs. I love sex and I move around a lot." These are the opening words of this album, and as the summation of a gloriously misspent youth, they're kind of hard to beat, cementing Marianne Faithfull's claim to the title of Greatest Living Englishwoman. Her first album since 20th Century Blues offers up a diverse collection of material. An old Roger Waters composition, "Incarceration of a Flower Child," opens with a musical phrase he would revisit, 15 years later, in "Your Possible Pasts" (from the Final Cut album). Faithfull interprets it as a simple lament to lost innocence, the days of "good dope and cheap wine"--though its chorus rather deliberately punctures the dream ("It's gonna get old in the 1970s"). And with its mocking air of self-pity, its ruined grandeur, Leonard Cohen's "Tower of Song" might have been written with her in mind. But it's that title track and "Electra," two ruthless slices of self-examination ("You'd think she owns the streets of Dublin"), which truly compel attention. Singular, magnificent. --Andrew McGuire

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Vagabond Ways
  2. Incarceration Of A Flower Child
  3. File It Under Fun From The Past
  4. Electra
  5. Wilder Shores Of Love
  6. Marathon Kiss
  7. For Wanting You
  8. Great Expectations
  9. Tower Of Song
  10. After The Ceasefire

Product details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: April 11, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Instinct Records
  • ASIN: B00004SBMI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,462 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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