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Marianne Faithfull – Kissin Time

31 08 2010

Listened: Tuesday August 10

Kissin’ Time is another album that sat around for years, after I had acquired it for free or nearly free. After hearing it for the first time as a part of this project, I’m sorry it took me so long.

Beck, Billy Corgan, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, and others have written some brilliant songs for Marianne to sing. This album is the antithesis of Faithfull – the extreme realism is toned down a lot, but the hard edge of her voice is still intact.

The in-your-face songs are here (“Sliding Through Life on Charm” includes the lyric “Hey mister! you have finally met your match, Now everybody wants to kiss my snatch” and other similar gems – no shock this is Jarvis’ song) as well as the sweeter, more romantic songs, some of which I would never expect Marianne to sing. But they work. This album is certainly going to be in my regular rotation from now on.

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