The new Marianne Faithfull — her 22nd album in all, if you’re counting — will feature a number of guests, including Chan Marshall, Anthony Hegarty, Sean Lennon, Keith Richards, Teddy Thompson, and Rufus Wainwright. Pulling a late-period Johnny Cash, the collection, produced by Hal Willner, features Faithfull putting her stamp on a dozen songs written by other people. Nick Cave, who also collaborated on 2005’s Before the Poison, accompanies her on this cover of the Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife 3.” Besides the Decemberists, she covers Espers, Morrissey, Neko Case, Merle Haggard (with Keith Richards), etc. You can peruse the details of the tracklist while Faithfull takes us under the boughs unbowed.
01 “Down From Dover” (written by Dolly Parton)
02 “Hold On, Hold On” (written by Neko Case, Feat. Chan Marshall and Sean Lennon)
03 “Solitude” (written by Billie Holiday)
04 “The Crane Wife 3″ (written by The Decemberists, Feat. Nick Cave)
05 “Easy Come, Easy Go” (written by Bessie Smith)
06 “Children of Stone” (written by Espers, Feat. Rufus Wainwright)
07 “How Many Worlds” (written by Brian Eno, Feat. Teddy Thompson)
08 “In Germany Before the War” (written by Randy Newman)
09 “Ooh Baby Baby” (written by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Feat. Antony Hegarty)
10 “The Phoenix” (written by Judee Sill, ft. Sean Lennon)
11 “Dear God Please Help Me” (written by Morrissey)
12 “Sing Me Back Home” (written by Merle Haggard, Feat. Keith Richards)
Easy Come, Easy Go is out 3/17 via Decca. You can stream additional tracks, including Antony’s Smokey Robinson turn, at the album’s official site and at MySpace. Faithfull just announced two shows at City Winery, NYC on 3/27 and 3/28. So keep watch for those.
[Marianne photo by Patrick Swirc]