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Faithfull pegged her comeback to a brutal survivalist persona, but by this fourth album of her second career, she had mellowed at least to the extent of constructing flowing song structures with her collaborators, Barry Reynolds and Wally Badarou, that eased the bitterness still found in many of her lyrics. A Child's Adventure is thus more listenable, but less compelling, than her other albums of the period.

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Weary and resigned, but still compelling

Four years after 'Broken English', and Marianne Faithfull is still an angry young women with a bitter taste in her mouth; but here the gorgeous (and admittedly soft) production creates a smooth, sensual and weirdly chilled vibe. 'Blue Millionaire', 'Running For Our Lives' and 'Times Square' are the highlights, but the whole album has the same dreamy yet angry feel. Don't believe it when they say Faithfull lost her fire after 'Broken English' - this is an honest and worthy effort.


Born: 29 December 1946 in Hampstead, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few stars of the '60s reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. Coaxed into a singing career by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964, she had a big hit in both Britain and the U.S. with her debut single, the Jagger/Richards composition "As Tears Go By" (which prefaced the Stones' own version by a full year). Considerably more successful in her native land than the States, she had a series of hits in the mid-'60s that set her high, fragile voice against delicate orchestral...
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