marianne faithfull

MARIANNE FAITHFULL
March 11, 2005
The Paradise - Boston

with special guest
Fernando Saunders

PHOTOS by SHERI HAUSEY




Marianne shreds Boston with her searing intensity. Claiming to be nervous since this is the first of her US shows after her collapse in Europe last Fall, one would never notice. Although she is visibly still somewhat ill from the fall-out of bronchitis, sipping tea etc. and clearly too overheated at points, NERVOUS? Please! Combining powerful new material from her "Before the Poison" cd with those special songs of yore that the crowd longs to hear in her particular husky intonations of outrage, Marianne surpasses all hopes or desires. One feels such privilege to be in her presence, let alone hear her sing "Sister Morphine" for the first time in 20 years. From the start her smile melts the audience and makes them even more malleable clay for the creative handiwork of her spitfire vocals. Certainly a high point in terms of the new material is her live version of PJ Harvey's "No Child Of Mine." I just can't imagine any PJ fan not buying the CD and hearing the jaw dropping collaborations between PJ and Marianne. Indeed the live versions amp up the intensity. Other songs she sings from the "Before the Poison" cd include "Mystery of Love" and "Crazy Love." Then Marianne further ensnares the crowd with totally unexpected moments like her truly wild and insane take on an unreleased Roger Waters tune "Incarceration". Her versions of the timeless "Lucy Jordan," haunting "Sister Morphine" and encore with "Broken English" really rev up the crowd. Without a doubt, however, the high point of the performance is John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." This is the pinnacle of Marianne as the supreme interpretive artist that she is. Like the Shakespearean actor who owns a particular role as no other, Marianne spits forth those lyrics with an angered boiling venom that equals the greatest of soliloquies. In the final analysis you stand there in awe captivated and yet knowing that you are witness to one of the rare moments when art reveals transcendent truth. Marianne's performance is revelatory in every way thinkable. Let every knee bend and head bow before her.


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