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Marianne Faithfull

Horses and High Heels

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July 18, 2011

By the time the Sixties were over, Marianne Faithfull had been run ragged as the glamorous muse of the Rolling Stones. For Horses and High Heels, she traveled to New Orleans, looking back on the past with fondness, to record what she called her "happy" album. Instead, we get 13 songs (including Dusty Springfield and Elton John covers) heavy with lost love and Faithfull's honey-over-gravel voice. But failed intent makes this no less soulful or enchanting. With help from Dr. John and guitarist John Porter, Faithfull, like New Orleans itself, proves hard times make for very good music.

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