Marianne Faithfull: Kaleidoscopic Covers : World Cafe The English singer's turbulent career spans four decades and encompasses just about every musical genre and then some. Her latest album, Easy Come, Easy Go, is a covers collection that infuses a wide variety of songs (from jazz legends like Duke Ellington, as well as Brit-melancholia icon Morrissey) with her husky, world-weary vocals.
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Marianne Faithfull: Kaleidoscopic Covers

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Marianne Faithfull: Kaleidoscopic Covers

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English singer Marianne Faithfull has 40 years of releases under her belt, encompassing just about every existing musical genre. She's collaborated with a diverse array of artists, too, including Beck, Joe Jackson, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Keith Richards and Tom Waits. From folk, jazz and pop-rock to an early form of rap, Faithfull has experimented with and created music that speaks of rock-star glamour, introspection and pain — much of it drawn from personal experience.

Set List

"Down From Dover"

"Hold On Hold On"

"Sister Morphine"

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Jean Baptiste Mondino

Marianne Faithfull.

Jean Baptiste Mondino

During her long struggle with drug abuse and two years of living on the streets, the singer-songwriter recorded only sporadically. Friend and writer Allen Ginsberg called her "Professor of Poetics, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets." Since rehab in the '80s, though, Faithfull has worked steadily. Her latest is a collection of covers titled Easy Come, Easy Go.

With its jazz, R&B and rock influences, Easy Come, Easy Go is a typically kaleidoscopic Faithfull production. Her gravelly, moody voice croons a Morrissey cover, gently colors a Duke Ellington piece and even takes on a Dolly Parton song. In a session with Tracey Tanenbaum, Faithfull performs the songs of Neko Case, Dolly Parton and one of her own, "Sister Morphine."

This segment originally ran July 29, 2009.

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Easy Come, Easy Go
Artist
Marianne Faithfull
Label
Decca U.S.
Released
2008

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