Cover Smother: Simplicity and Cigarette Ash

Monday, October 20, 2008

Shall we call folk/blues singer, Marianne Faithfull, the Amy Winehouse of her time? Yes, I will nod to that, as Rolling Stones' song, "Sister Morphine" pointed a finger at her (Marianne and RS front man, Mick Jagger had a love thang going on in the 60's hence the inspiration) and Marianne was mostly famous for her addictions rather than her music. 1979's Broken English was her arrival back into mainstream waters and it was a stunning yet odd packaging of songs. As simplistic the cover art is, it speaks a thousand words...well, to me at least. I will admit to just picking up the album solely for the cover art, but it the music inside was just as engaging. Still...the blue coloring and the poised cigarette just pop, and gives you a clear explanation of what the album entails.

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