Easy Come, Easy Go - Marianne Faithfull
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  • Summary: The latest album for the English artist features guest appearances by Nick Cave, Cat Power, Rufus Wainwright, Keith Richards, and Antony Hegarty.
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  1. On her latest full-length collection, Marianne Faithfull, the queen of torch songs for the damaged soul, reteams with producer Hal Willner for another beautifully haunting tour of a landscape littered with the detritus of shredded hearts.
  2. Marianne Faithfull confirms her status as matriarch on this brilliantly programmed covers set.
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    It’s an extravagantly orchestrated set, but with Marc Ribot as lead guitarist and the Dirty Three’s Jim White on drums, the playing remains off-kilter, to quite thrilling effect.
  4. An album as engrossing as it is sometimes unsettling.
  5. It's a lush, elegant, tear-stained record. [Spring 2009, p.71]
  6. Her interpretations of songbook classics from the likes of Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, and Smokey Robinson (as well as a few relative youngsters, including Neko Case and the Decemberists) are gratifyingly intimate and rough-hewn, and the production is gorgeous--even if it does, as its title implies, fail to leave a lasting impact.
  7. Its gravelly tones are certainly no thing of beauty, but when married to the right song Faithfull can still emote, still deliver. There's plenty of plain wrong material, though.

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  1. AdrienS
    Mar 30, 2009
    An artful, often rocking collection of cover songs from Faithfull. Her worn voice requires just the right fight with both song and production, which she manages on most of this two disk set. Covers of Parton's "Down From Dover" and Morrissey's "Oh God, Please Help Me" are standouts. Neko Case's "Hold on, Hold on" is a marvel. Expand
  2. EarlM
    Apr 27, 2009
    Been reading some reviews that seem to think the music doesn't stay with you. It does. This has been the only CD in my player for about eight weeks now. I'm a fan anyway; the sound is so clean its astonishing (great recording). Another fabulous recored although yes, I would have preferred harder "Before the Poison"-type music. But the surprises of each new Faithfull release make deep listening a must, every time. Expand