Easy Come Easy Go

Easy Come Easy Go

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by Marianne Faithfull
     
 

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Songstress Marianne Faithfull last collaborated with producer Hal Willner on her iconic Strange Weather album in 1987. Though Faithfull has continued to record sporadically -- and has written and published her memoirs -- it's odd to think that she hasn't worked with Willner again until now, because then as now, the match feels effortless and natural. LikeSee more details below

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Songstress Marianne Faithfull last collaborated with producer Hal Willner on her iconic Strange Weather album in 1987. Though Faithfull has continued to record sporadically -- and has written and published her memoirs -- it's odd to think that she hasn't worked with Willner again until now, because then as now, the match feels effortless and natural. Like Strange Weather, Easy Come Easy Go is a covers collection, featuring Faithfull in different musical settings and interpreting the songs of everyone from Merle Haggard to Smokey Robinson to Duke Ellington to Randy Newman to the Decemberists to Morrissey with a killer guest list including Antony Hegarty, Rufus Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Jarvis Cocker, Jenni Muldaur, Sean Lennon, Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, and Keith Richards. The core band on this set includes old friends like Marc Ribot and Greg Cohen as well as drummer Jim White, Rob Burger, Doug Weiselman, Steve Weisberg, Barry Reynolds, Steven Bernstein, Marty Ehrlich, and Lenny Pickett. The sense of stylistic sprawl on these 12 songs is incredible. The album opener, a cover of Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover," features the full band and guests numbering 18 strong! Faithfull's trademark deep-throated, whiskey-and-cigarettes-ravaged voice is in better shape than it's been in a decade at least. It's full and expressive, and she brings up a depth of passion for this sad tale that almost soars. The band, arranged by Weisberg, plays with beautiful space and elegant harmonics with nice work by Ribot and Burger.

Cave sings backing vocals on the Decemberists' "The Crane Wife 3," its lithe rock arrangement shaded by a beautiful British folk-style melody and gorgeous bass work by Cohen, celeste by Burger, and a three-piece string section. While Wainwright's signature backing vocals grace a jazzy arrangement of Espers' "Children of Stone," and the chart is eight minutes of pure, nocturnal lounge lizard eros, it does go on a bit too long, emptying it somewhat of its power. Ellington's "Solitude" works far better, as Faithfull's command of sparse phrases drives the tune, expressing more in the spaces between words than the words themselves -- or even her voice. Other highlights include an excellent version of Judee Sill's "The Phoenix," and a deeply emotive, almost startling cover of Morrissey's "Dear God Please Help Me." There is a fantastic--if surreal--faux-soul reading of Robinson's "Ooh Baby Baby," as a duet with AntonyThe disc closes with Richards adding both his guitar (to those of Ribot and Reynolds) and his raggedy croak of a vocal to Faithfull's on Haggard's "Sing Me Back Home." It's sad and slow, but feels more contrived than honestly emotional. While this is a long journey with a couple of missteps Ms. Faithfull shows up in excellent form throughout this offering. If you are patient, there is more than enough here to hold your attention and take you on journeys through love, lust, tragedy, and longing and bring you home again.(The British version of this CD, contains an extra CD with six extra tracks--the Morrissey and Judee SIll covers on this version came from the British one--and a bonus DVD with a documentary about the making of the album.)

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Editorial Reviews

National Public Radio
Easy Come, Easy Go features a broad assortment of cover songs � everything from old tunes like Dolly Parton's "Down from Dover" to newer songs by The Decemberists and Neko Case. Of all of them, Faithfull says, she found Duke Ellington's "Solitude" the most difficult to interpret. It's been sung by many, but Faithfull looked to Billie Holiday's version for inspiration. But she by no means tried to emulate Lady Day. "I sing it as me. You just can't. It would be cheap," Faithfull says. "What I'm doing is expressing the song in my own emotional connections."

Product Details

Release Date:
03/03/2009
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0028947816683
catalogNumber:
001265901
Rank:
107932

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marianne Faithfull   Primary Artist,Vocals
Nick Cave   Vocals
Marty Ehrlich   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gil Goldstein   Piano,Accordion,Conductor
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Marc Ribot   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Weisberg   Piano,Celeste,Conductor,Electric Piano
Barry Reynolds   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Art Baron   Trombone,Bass Recorder
Jarvis Cocker   Vocals
Greg Cohen   Bass,Conductor
Warren Ellis   Electric Violin
Anna McGarrigle   Background Vocals
Jenni Muldaur   Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Sarrusophone,Double Bass
Keith Richards   Guitar,Vocals
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,E-flat Clarinet
Sean Lennon   Guitar,Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Kate McGarrigle   Background Vocals
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
Chan Marshall   Vocals
Rob Burger   Organ,Piano,Celeste
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Conductor,Glockenspiel,Alto Horn,Mellophonium
Teddy Thompson   Background Vocals
Antony   Vocals
Brian John Mitchell   Organ
Michael Nicholas   Viola
Maxim Moston   Violin
Rob Moose   Violin
Jim White   Drums

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Dolly Parton   Composer
Marianne Faithfull   Liner Notes
Randy Newman   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Marc Ribot   Arranger
Steve Weisberg   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Judee Sill   Composer
Martin Brumbach   Engineer
Greg Cohen   Arranger
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Patrick Ford   Engineer
John Kilgore   Engineer
Hal Willner   Producer,Liner Notes
Michel Pepin   Engineer
Rob Burger   Arranger
Steven Bernstein   Arranger
Jake Rousham   Engineer
Bénédicte Schmitt   Engineer
Colin Meloy   Composer
Didier Pouydesseau   Engineer
François Ravard   Executive Producer,Management
Chris Allen   Engineer
Mike Belitsky   Composer

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