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Dangerous Acquaintances

Marianne Faithfull

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A rather lukewarm, disappointing follow-up to Broken English, on which Marianne Faithfull seemed to be retreating from that album's sonic and lyrical risks. Although Broken English had found most of its audience with the new wave/alternative crowd (songs like "Why'd Ya Do It," after all, were too shocking to get much commercial airplay), Dangerous Acquaintances seemed to be moving back to more mainstream rock territory, particularly in the arrangements. It's always a possible sign of trouble when there are over a dozen session musicians in the credits, and much of the record's music has a sort of anonymous feel. The songs, too, are less striking (and less angrily risqué) than those of Broken English, although Faithfull was still carving her own identity with lyrics about romantic duplicity. The most commercially accessible track, "For Beauties Sake," was co-written by Faithfull and Steve Winwood.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Sweetheart
00:03:17

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

2
Intrigue
00:04:31

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Ben Brierley, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Easy In The City
00:03:16

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Strange One
00:02:52

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist - Terence Philip Stannard, ComposerLyricist - Joe Mavety, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Tenderness
00:03:53

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

6
For Beauty's Sake
00:03:32

Steve Winwood, ComposerLyricist - Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

7
So Sad
00:04:32

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Stephen David York, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Eye Communication
00:03:36

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Terence Philip Stannard, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer - Calvin Fuzzy Samuels, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

9
Truth, Bitter Truth
00:07:22

Ed Thacker, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Marianne Faithfull, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Barry Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Dave Courts, ComposerLyricist - Mark Miller Mundy, Producer

℗ 1981 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

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A rather lukewarm, disappointing follow-up to Broken English, on which Marianne Faithfull seemed to be retreating from that album's sonic and lyrical risks. Although Broken English had found most of its audience with the new wave/alternative crowd (songs like "Why'd Ya Do It," after all, were too shocking to get much commercial airplay), Dangerous Acquaintances seemed to be moving back to more mainstream rock territory, particularly in the arrangements. It's always a possible sign of trouble when there are over a dozen session musicians in the credits, and much of the record's music has a sort of anonymous feel. The songs, too, are less striking (and less angrily risqué) than those of Broken English, although Faithfull was still carving her own identity with lyrics about romantic duplicity. The most commercially accessible track, "For Beauties Sake," was co-written by Faithfull and Steve Winwood.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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