Review Revue: Marianne Faithful – A Child’s Adventure

A Child’s Adventure appears almost exactly in the middle of Marianne Faithfull’s long and varied discography, which itself is a product of her challenging and fascinating life. The late ’60s and ’70s appear to have been a particularly hard time for Faithfull, but in 1979 she released Broken English, which was widely acclaimed and hailed as her comeback. She followed that album up with A Child’s Adventure, a softer, more accessible effort that appears to have been received somewhat more modestly. The KCMU gang, as often happened, were divided. Is A Child’s Adventure pleasantly mellow, or just boring?

“Very well produced, almost M-E-L-L-O-W music, with very distinct, war-torn Marianne Faithfull vocals . . .”

“Too mellow – Broken English was a much better album.”

“Yes – it’s pretty mellow – takes getting used to. Try ‘Falling from Grace.'”

“‘Time Square’ is really really good.”

“I love it. ‘Falling from Grace’ excellent.”

“Ireland!”

“I like ‘Blue Millionaire'”

“It’s OK, but I don’t think it should be in heavy.”

“Boring . . .”

“Really compared to 1st LP.”

“Nice album, but ‘hot’ material?”

“‘Running for Our Lives’ is OK.”

“‘Times Square’ is fine, I guess.”

“Marianne, why d’ya do it? Actually I kinda like it.”

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