Broken Englishby Marianne Faithfull
After a lengthy absence, Faithfull resurfaced on this 1979 album, which took the edgy and brittle sound of punk rock and gave it a shot of studio-smooth dance rock. Faithfull's whiskey-worn vocals perfectly match the bitter and biting "Why'd Ya Do It" and revitalize John Lennon's "Working Class Hero."
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This album, which was Ms. Faithfull's first release following her long 70's battles with drugs and personal problems, was truly one of the best of an outstanding year, 1979. Ms. Faithfull's voice had become more of a raspy croon than her original British choirgirl voice. On this album she covers Lennon almost as well as the man himself in "Working Class Hero" which is a feat in itself. Her song "Why D'ya Do It" was one of the most profane and yet anguished songs yet heard at this time. Broken English is a masterpiece of the New Wave movement that was coming in. The other songs are also of an amazingly high quality and all combine to create one of the best late 70's albums. With BROKEN ENGLISH Ms. Faithfull revealed herself as one of the all-time great female singer-songwriters and even more importantly became in a sense the grande dame of British rock and the figurehead of confessional alternative music.