Picks and Pans Review: Dangerous Acquaintances

updated 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

Marianne Faithfull

Faithfull's emotional 1979 comeback LP, Broken English, contained suggestions that she ultimately got no satisfaction from her 1960s romance with Mick Jagger. Here again her voice sounds so intense and brittle you hang on every syllable to see if she'll finish the word before collapsing. On some tunes her quavering, dissipated-sounding vocals crack so often you imagine the engineers pasting up master tapes vowel by vowel. The material ranges from R&B (Sweetheart) to menacing rockers (Easy in the City) to a folky ballad, So Sad. What makes this album gripping, though, is superb sound quality (Mark Miller Mundy produced) and a potent rhythm section. Faithfull's sultry mannerisms create an eerie juxtaposition with the hard-churning backup band. The effect is haunting.

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