My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Broken English is seventh studio album by Faithfull. It is considered her comeback album after dealing with many years of drug abuse and homelessness. The album was recorded during the Summer of 1979 and released in November of the same year.
What I think: I was really surprised to find a Marianne Faithfull album on this list and was really stunned to see it in 1979. It is for the most part really good. Faithfull’s voice works wonders with the synth heavy New Wave sound of the record (brought to you by Steve Winwood on keyboards). It really should be more well known as a precursor to a lot of the female and female led New Wave groups that would come in the following years.
Where things don’t work is when the sound goes to a more traditional. “Brain Drain” for example sounds like a bad studio band is mailing it in and the following track “Guilt” has a bit fresher sound, but is still really generic.
The most startling song on the album is the final track “Why D’Ya Do it” which may be the most sexually explicit and profanity laced that has been on any of these albums to this point. Way to go Marianne!
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I certainly think this should be here, take a listen it’s (for the most part) a really great album.
Rating (Out of 5): 4/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (345/451)
Amount that are new to me: 77%