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Broken English: Deluxe Edition


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  • Personnel: Marianne Faithfull (vocals); Diane Birch, Frankie Collins, Jim Cuomo, Guy Humphries, Joe Mavety, Maurice Pert, Barry Reynalds, Terry Stannard, Darryl Way, Steve Winwood, Steve York.
  • Recorded in 1979.
  • Audio Mixer: Ed Thacker.
  • Audio Remasterer: Jared Hawkes.
  • Liner Note Author: Patrick Humphries.
  • Photographer: Dennis Morris .
  • Widely considered Marianne Faithfull's best album, BROKEN ENGLISH has a hazy, bleary-eyed expressiveness that matches atmosphere with emotional impact. Throughout the 1960s and '70s Faithfull was generally considered a shooting star in the pop firmament, a passing flavor not to be taken seriously by serious music listeners. But 1979's BROKEN ENGLISH changed that with its stylistic curveballs and dark, disconcerting vibe.
  • The album is steeped in the synthesizer sounds typical of the era; but where this tends to date most releases from the time, it works beautifully here. The pulsing surge of the synths balances nicely with Faithfull's sluggish, tattered-sounding voice (the title track is a perfect example). Other album highlights include the bluesy, off-kilter "Brain Drain," and her slicing cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." While compilations will provide a comprehensive look at her work, BROKEN ENGLISH is the Faithfull studio album to get.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 30 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums"

Alternative Press (7/01, p.96) - Included in AP's "10 Essential Women's Rock Albums" - "...Her best album to date, backed by electro/new-wave sounds..."
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