michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — MARIANNE FAITHFULL

In album review on 06/10/2011 at 10:42 am

Marianne Faithfull

Horses and High Heels

(Naïve)

Battle-scarred British singer and Stones survivor Marianne Faithfull has traveled this territory before. But on her latest collection of (mostly) cover songs featuring cameos by other wrinkled veterans, she sounds tired and disconnected from the material. Of course that’s been her selling point since she reignited her career on 1979’s terrific Broken English. But the songs on Horses and High Heels – Carole King’s “Goin’ Back,” Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan’s “The Stations” – don’t sound particularly suited to Faithfull’s raspy, worn-out voice, and the lethargic arrangements only call attention to the album’s all-around numbness. Producer Hal Willner does little to spark either Faithfull, her band, or collaborators Lou Reed and Wayne Kramer. Like a horse in high heels, the album has a hard time finding its footing.

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