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Marianne Faithfull And Warren Ellis Announce Joint Album 'She Walks In Beauty'

Friday, 15 January 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Marianne Faithfull and the Bad Seeds' Warren Ellis have teamed up for a new album.

'She Walks In Beauty', a collection of poetry and music, will arrive on April 30 and feature contributions from the likes of Nick Cave, Brian Eno and cellist Vincent Segal.

Drawing on Faithfull's love for the English Romantic poets, which began during her A-Level studies in the 1960s, the LP was recorded at her home in London with PJ Harvey's producer Head just before and after the first coronavirus lockdown period, during which Faithfull herself struggled with infection and almost died of the illness.

Its 11 tracks feature texts by Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, William Wordsworth, and more, with Ellis handling arrangements. He said:

"My preferred way of making music. I've been moving away from structures in things. This music is me attempting to push forward. I think it’s as good as anything I’ve ever done in terms of the spirit of it and the process I went through to make it."

"They've have been with Marianne her whole life," he added. "She believes in these texts. That world, she inhabits it, embodies it, and that really comes through. She really means it. It’s no blind reading. And what’s great about hearing them is that she totally takes you with her. It’s inclusive. She's inviting you into this world with her.

"She does that with a song too. I've seen her do things in the studio, deliver a vocal where there’s not one dry eye in the room. And then she'd go, 'Was that alright?’. She's got one of those voices. There's just something about the way she can deliver that is incredibly affecting."

'She Walks In Beauty' tracklist:

1. She Walks in Beauty (Lord Byron)
2. The Bridge of Sighs (Thomas Hood)
3. La Belle Dame sans Merci (John Keats)
4. Ode to a Nightingale (John Keats)
5. To Autumn (John Keats)
6. Ozymandias (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
7. The Prelude: Book One Introduction (William Wordsworth)
8. Surprised by Joy (William Wordsworth)
9. To The Moon (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
10. So We’ll Go No More a Roving (Lord Byron)
11. The Lady of Shallot (Lord Alfred Tennyson)

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