Album Review: Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels

By Jacqueline Smith

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Album cover for Horses and High Heels by Marianne Faithfull. Photo / Supplied
Album cover for Horses and High Heels by Marianne Faithfull. Photo / Supplied

The off-beat British singer is determined to keep at it, and so drags her voice through her 18th studio album, a collection made up mostly of covers. While there's no doubt she is exuding passion in Shangri-La's Past, Present and Future, it's quite noticeable that she is unable to keep up with the tuneful, energy of the supporting orchestra. The self-penned title track is quirky, yes, but as watery as the cover art, and while her cover of Dusty Springfield's Goin' Back doesn't really do the song justice the age in her voice does make the lyrics "I can play the game of life to win," all the more poignant. There are some highlights - one of which is Lou Reed's incongruous rock solo in the final track The Old House, but really it's an album that is is probably intended for faithful fans only.

Stars: 2/5

-TimeOut

- NZ Herald

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