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Marianne Faithfull

Cover of Marianne Faithfull’s Easy Come Easy Go (Decca, 2009).

MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS AGO, in 1987—eight years after her shocking punk album Broken English, already twenty-three years after her worldwide smash hit “As Tears Go By” offered the angelic face and voice of a seventeen-year-old who soon enough didn’t just happen to become Mick Jagger’s girlfriend—Marianne Faithfull made Strange Weather. It was an album of cover songs, a collaboration with the producer Hal Willner—and it was leaden, labored, even the lightest arrangements buried under layers of self-consciousness. The idea, it seemed, was to use experience—that is, Faithfull’s notorious life as a longtime heroin addict (“a junkie on the street,” as she put it in her 1994 autobiography) as a concept. Faithfull would throw herself at Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It with Mine,” already indelibly plumbed to its depths by both Dylan and Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention,

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