Picks and Pans Review: A Secret Life

updated 03/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Marianne Faithfull

There's hardly a whisper of the winsome waif who softly crooned "As Tears Go By" in 1964, shortly before Faithfull hooked up with Mick Jagger and started mixing plenty of sex and drugs with her rock and roll. Today, Faithfull's voice bears the tread marks of her indulgent past, and her songs on this new release have the poignant ring of a ravaged survivor. "My youth lies bruised and broken/ No happy ending to the game," intones Faithfull, now 48, on "Flaming September." Add to that such downer topics as dysfunctional families ("The Wedding") and infidelity ("Love in the Afternoon"), as Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti's cinematic scores loom in the background, and even Pollyanna would be tempted to pull down the shades and shoot out the lights. (Island)

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