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Strange Weather
Marianne Faithfull
Strange Weather
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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From the belle of '60s London to weathered postpunk princess to postmodern chanteuse and onward, Marianne Faithfull has proved two things: she's adaptable and a survivor. Sparked by Faithfull's glowingly received contribut...  more »

      
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All Artists: Marianne Faithfull
Title: Strange Weather
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Island
Release Date: 6/15/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042284259323, 042284259316, 042284259347

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From the belle of '60s London to weathered postpunk princess to postmodern chanteuse and onward, Marianne Faithfull has proved two things: she's adaptable and a survivor. Sparked by Faithfull's glowingly received contribution to Hal Willner's 1985 Kurt Weill tribute, Lost in the Stars, Weather takes up where Stars left off. Here Willner and Faithfull take a torch to an off-kilter but inspired collection of tunes, including Leadbelly's "I Ain't Goin' Down to the Well No More," Bob Dylan's obscure "I'll Keep It with Mine" (penned for another smoky-voiced rock chanteuse, Nico), and the standards "Yesterdays" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." The producer enfolds Faithfull's ravaged-but-right vocals in a cozy soundscape that perfectly suits the misty mood of this unified, insular song cycle. --Steven Stolder

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Here is a little controversy
Scott R. Chamberlin | Venice, CA United States | 08/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Strange Weather is Marianne Faithfull's masterpiece.

To me, it's as good as an album gets. Why? It's like looking into a soul, which, to me, is the highest virtue of art: to lay out the human condition as a truly honest expression of the author. The truth here is so profoundly expressed that even a song that shouldn't by any stretch belong to Marianne Faithfull, "Ain't Goin' Down," rolls through her voicebox like something she might have said in a half-sleep, a revelation.

Yes, it's melencholy; yes, it is melodramatic. But the songs and the album are "of a piece," like an old engine that cranks with every tune and starts up with just the same reliable grind and effortless churn.

It's truly beautiful, from beginning to end. While I love 20th Century Blues as well, I don't get that from any other Marianne Faithfull album. But I don't need it from any other. We have the purest, truest expression, right here."
Misery Loves Company
joe449 | Lakewood, NJ United States | 03/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Elton John once sang that "sad songs say so much," and this album is a great example of what he meant. Marianne Faithfull's 'Strange Weather' is full of down, moody music -- but that's what makes it so appealing. I can't think of another album that is so bleak, yet so comforting, with the execption of Frank Sinatra's 'Only the Lonely.'When I am feeling blue, I can play 'Strange Weather' and just relax and feel at ease. It's like an old friend in times of turmoil."
Marianne Faithfull Finally Clean....
i. t. j. | 11/20/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Marianne stopped using drugs in 85. Strange Weather is her first album drug-free, so in a sense, Marianne's third career begins with this album. Its appropriate Marianne sings As Tears Go By, vocally Marianne sings it with more emotion, musically the style is less poppy than the original, and more of a ballad. Comparing the two is a moot point, the point is that Marianne sings it all. This album reflects a survivor, which Marianne truly is."