From a convent schoolgirl to a 1960s pop princess in the center of the swinging London scene, Marianne Faithfull is a bona fide legend who, after struggling with addiction and homelessness, reclaimed herself artistically with the brilliant 1979 album Broken English. After recovering from COVID-19 recently, Faithfull was inspired to record a spoken-word album of her favorite poems—“She Walks in Beauty” (Lord Byron), “Ode to a Nightingale” (John Keats), and other classics—collaborating with artists including Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, and Brian Eno. The combination of the literary text, Faithfull’s distinct voice, and the musical accompaniments provides a listening experience designed to steady and lift the spirit during these chaotic times. –Michael Levine
"She Walks In Beauty"
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