British import 180-gram vinyl including MP3 download.
For Marianne Faithfull, 1979's Broken English was a radical departure, featuring a contomeporary fusion of rock and dance, with liberal use of synthesizers. No one was prepared for the transformation of Faithfull's innocent flower child image, her immediately preceding albums had been in a relatively gentle folk or country and western style. Those who listened were in for a surprise, especially those who first heard her in the '60s as the virginal voice of her boyfriend, Mick Jagger's "As Tears Go By."
When seemingly she had disappeared entirely, she emerged with this dark but definitely musically modern work. And her voice! After years of drug abuse, her voice was lower in register, far raspier, and had a more world-weary quality than in the past that matched the often raw emotions expressed in the newer material.
Broken English was widely hailed by critics and audiences alike upon its release, going Gold without the aid of a huge hit single. The album reached the charts in the U.K., the U.S. and around the world. Broken English contains some of her most famous songs, including the title track and "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan," and was notable for the controversy surrounding the final number "Why D'Ya Do It."
Although the boundaries have shifted in the decades since the album's release, the language is still shocking, the album is still as potent as ever and remains Marianne's masterpiece, and one of the best albums by a female vocalist of all-time! Now, experience it like never before on this amazing-sounding 180g vinyl reissue from Audio Fidelity, remastered from the original master tapes by legendary engineer Kevin Gray!