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Broken English (Opaque Blue Vinyl)
Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide
A masterpiece of broken taboos, subversive poetics
Marianne Faithfull's 1979 album Broken English was a radical departure, featuring a contomeporary fusion of rock and dance, with liberal use of synthesizers. No one was prepared for the transformation of Faithfull's innocent flower child image, her immediately preceding albums had been in a relatively gentle folk or country and western style. Those who listened were in for a surprise, especially those who first heard her in the '60s as the virginal voice of her boyfriend, Mick Jagger's "As Tears Go By."
When seemingly she had disappeared entirely, she emerged with this dark but definitely musically modern work. And her voice! After years of drug abuse, her voice was lower in register, far raspier, and had a more world-weary quality than in the past that matched the often raw emotions expressed in the newer material.
Broken English was widely hailed by critics and audiences alike upon its release, going gold without the aid of a huge hit single. The album reached the charts in the U.K., the U.S. and around the world. Broken English contains some of her most famous songs, including the title track and "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan," and was notable for the controversy surrounding the final number "Why D'Ya Do It."
|1. Broken English|
|2. Witches' Song|
|3. Brain Drain|
|5. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan|
|6. What's the Hurry|
|7. Working Class Hero|
|8. Why'd Ya Do It?|