MARIANNE FAITHFULL has both a unique voice and a distinct way of singing both the words and the emotions the songwriter meant to convey. She’s made wise song choices for her new comeback album Horses and High Heels and sings with renewed confidence, but her heart-on-her-sleeve style isn’t often enough complemented by her practiced New Orleans sessionmen and guests.

It does all come together on Allen Toussaint’s Back In Baby’s Arms and the title track, a signature Faithfull original. All she needs to do next time is push her players as hard as she’s challenged herself.

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