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Editors’ Notes

By 1983, the shock waves of Marianne Faithfull’s 1979 punk and new wave-inspired classic Broken English had settled into a comfortable acceptance where her weathered croak of a singing voice was an expected force and her collaborations with Barry Reynolds, Ben Brierley and Wally Badarou were routinely held to a high standard but not likely to garner new converts. A Child’s Adventure offers no stunning revelations, but is a solid continuation of her adult concerns that contains several of her finest tunes. “Times Square” is a cinematic tour de force of an era when the New York landmark was a dangerous place and not the Disney-endorsed playground of the new millennium. “The Blue Millionaire” hints towards the torch-ballads and smoky resonance she would explore more fully with 1987’s Strange Weather. “Falling from Grace,” “Running For Our Lives” and “She’s Got a Problem” express Faithfull’s uneasiness and empathy towards people struggling with sobriety, as she knew the pitfalls all too well.

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A Child's Adventure

Ok so I'm biased. I LOVE Marianne Faithfull. I can't quite put it into words. I guess I love the fact that this is a woman with experience. She has lived life. She's a bit jaded but oh so wise. She knows what's important. If your looking for Britney or bubble-gum pop, run as fast and as far away as possible! :-) A Child's Adventure is a great album filled with feeling, senstitivity, and emotions from a life that's been lived. Marianne's other albums come from the same place. They are all great. Marianne is great. Buy this album.

A child's adventure

If you want the 3 best Marianne Faithfull albums, buy Broken English, Dangerous Aquaintances, and A Child's Adventure. Her "modern rock" era was my favorite. She has mastered so many genres, but this is my favorite.


Born: December 29, 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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