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Editors’ Notes

1995’s A Secret Life begins with a quote from Dante’s Divina Commedia for the album’s “Prologue” and its dark, historical text serves as a warning that this is to be one heavy trip. (The album ends with an “Epilogue” from Shakespeare’s The Tempest). Marianne Faithfull hadn’t recorded an album of new material since 1983’s A Child’s Adventure and her last studio album, 1987’s masterful collection of blues, torch and pop songs, the Hal Willner-produced Strange Weather, left Faithfull stylistically open to many possibilities. She decided to team up with composer and producer Angelo Badalamenti, whose ominous work on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made him an intriguing and worthy collaborator. Together, the two score the perfect soundtrack to a non-existent film noir, with slow, sparse but gorgeously orchestrated settings. Reminiscent in spots of Nico’s electronic work (Camera Obscura) with its cold, creepy, futuristic pulses (“Flaming September”) and often deliciously languid (“Sleep,” “Love in the Afternoon”), A Secret Life stands as one of Faithfull’s most underrated works.

Customer Reviews

A Secret Life

The album is a masterpiece. She delivers her best work with these pieces. "Flaming September" is a dark poem about changing times, while "Bored by dreams" deals with the boredom one can get from an overly stimulated mind. "Prologue" is derived from William Shakespeares "The Tempest" ,it begins like a childs bedtime story and ends reminiscent of ones mother giving a hug and kiss goodnight after wrapping up the tale.


Twins Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti gives Miss Faithfull's bruised vocals an eerie and captivating sound over this dark but lush collection. Songs like Sleep,Love In The Afternoon,Flaming September and Losing deal with everyday emotions such as loss,love,despair and anger. Perfect for late night listening.

Soundtrack To A Perfect Affair

This album is chilling and haunting. You don't need the lyrics to tell you what the meaning behind the songs are but they are done so well. "Love in the afternoon" is beauty and deception and makes the idea of adultry exciting and tempting.


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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