"I remember back in 1983 when 'Running for Our Lives' was released as a single. It had the most beautiful strong chorus, and overall a damn good single. It didn't get the ariplay it deserved but still charted reasonably well. These days you'd be unlikely to hear it on the radio, but that's ok as it makes it so much more special to hear it now. I awlays wanted to get this album which featured it, but didn't as I didn't know enough about Marianne's music. The other day I saw it brand new in the shop for a very reasonable price, so grabbed it. I thought if 'Running for our Lives' is the only good track on it then that would be ok as it didn't cost me much. BUT - what a bonus to find that the whole album is brilliant! I just can't believe how timeless it is, doesn't sound like the kind of music there was in 1983. Listen out for gems such as Morning Come, and Times Square. I am going to buy 'Broken English' next, another classic, I believe from what I read."
Another Gem from Marriane Faithfull!
Dennis McGlinchey | USA | 02/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Marianne Faithfull released her comeback album, "Broken English", in 1979, it was widely received by the buying public and critically acclaimed as a "masterpiece". She followed that up in 1981 with "Dangerous Acquaintences" which, though not quite on the par of "Broken English", was deemed an excellent piece of music and a natural follow-up to "Broken English". Then, in 1983, Marianne released "A Child's Adventure". Of the same musical vein and mold as "Broken English" and "Dangerous Acquaintences" these three albums are often referred to as her "Trilogy". After "A Child's Adventure", Marianne has changed musical directions several times. "A Child's Adventure" is another excellent piece of work from Marianne Faithfull. It starts off with "Times Square", a true MF classic. The bluesy "The Blue Millionaire" is somewhat of a departure for Marianne, at least up to that point, and gives credence to Marianne as a great musical stylist. "Falling From Grace" is an excellent autobiograpical song about her drug problems/bust. The poignant "Morning Come" and "Ashes In My Hand" shows, once again, the depth of her musical range and style. "Running For Our Lives" is another MF classic and is in close running with "Times Square" as my personal favorite from the CD. Marianne Faithfull is a uniquely gifted and talented artist and song stylist. One listen to "A Child's Adventure" and the other albums that make up her "Trilogy", and you will see for yourself. Excellent music from a truly great artist!"
Marianne's "Farewell" to her Trilogy
El Gavilan | Midwest | 01/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Marianne Faithfull could probably get anyone's initial interest by simply reading names from a phone book--her voice, like latter day Billie Holiday is an instrument that croaks, yet croons--a trained instrument of emotion that has been broken by her life and times, but still, stubbornly wraps an elegiac sheen around the songs. Marianne has called this her most desperate album, although it probably has more mainstream appeal than anything she has done in a pop vein since the 60's. The lyrics ARE desperate...and sad, set to beautiful, sometimes haunting instrumentation. Actually, two of these songs might have fit well in the 60's (Morning Come, Running For Our Lives). This music is the last of a "trilogy" begun with the bold Broken English--it is the softer, haunting farewell of a soul who has come to terms with one thread of her musical angst (she came out in '79 with her dukes up (Broken English), she walks away in '82 with a sad interpretation of a world where she doesn't quite fit in (She's Got A Problem)). New genres, new threads. The music of Marianne Faithfull is a wonderfully diverse tapestry of folk, pop, rock, punk, show tunes, and cabaret. This one may not be Broken English or Strange Weather, but it is Marianne."
Still broken but with beauty.
LaCie Contrary | Pittsburgh, PA | 04/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Where as "Broken English" was an angry, gut wrenching affair; "A Childs Adventure" is more somber and introspctive. The songs speak of a women who is coming to terms with herself and her place in the world. Now it's still a Marianne Faithfull album so I really couldn't call it a soft sound or relaxed. No this is Marianne faithfull, she who speaks of walking around "Times Square" with a pistol in her suitcase not really kniowing whats coming next but she's ready. There's a light reggea lilt to "Blue Millionare" and a sort of a Medievil sound to "Falling from Grace". This is one of Marianne's most autobiographical peices in telling of her well . . . fall from grace in the public eye. "Morning Comes" is one of the sweetest sounding songs I've had the pleasure of hearing her sing. It's a song full of hope, hope for daybreak and the light to shine on her. "Running For Our Lives" I do believe is one of Mariannes's best singles and is one of the standout tracks on this album. The only reason I could'nt give this album 5 stars is that some of the keyboards haven't aged so good. Where "Broken English" still sounds fresh and cutting, sometimes the keys get a little out of hand or to smooth I should say. What keeps it gripping are the songs and Marianne herself who keeps you hanging on her every word. If your just starting to delve into the rewarding works of Ms. Faithfull of course start with "Broken English", then "Strange Weather" for her chantuese side. After those two try out her most recent album "Before the Poison" to here what she's up to now, you won't be dissappointed. After all that you really can't go wrong with any of her albums, for she's always evolving and changing her sound but always doing exactly what she should. Now back to"A Childs Adventure". This was one of the last Marianne puchases I made and I don't know why I waited so long, probably because it's so hard to find anymore. Now that I have it it's like a missing piece of this terrific artist discovered. This is defintly worth the money to any true Faithfull fan.
Pieter | Johannesburg | 10/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This accomplished album by the demimonde chanteuse sees her collaborating with talented musicians like Wally Badarou and Barry Reynolds to craft classic songs like that paean to alienation and cognitive dissonance, the majestic Times Square, the decadent and evocative Blue Millionaire, the poignant Falling From Grace, the sensitive and hopeful Morning Come and the haunting Ireland with its great bagpipes. It is still infused with the autobiographical like much of Broken English and Dangerous Acquaintances, especially in the personal She's Got A Problem, but Faithfull's songs always manage to encompass the universal. Perhaps this album does not have the immediacy of Broken English, nor the abundance of catchy hooks of Acquaintances, yet it remains a fine work of great melodic and lyrical depth that has stood the test of time very well."