Last seen here in 2012, British singer Marianne Faithfull returns to Helsinki for a performance at Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo on Sunday 9 November.
Her distinctively smoky voice has endured and endeared for five decades, having first emerging when she covered the Rolling Stones’ As Tears Go By with great success in the ‘60s. With her career and personal life collapsing under the weight of drug dependency in the years that followed, she returned to prominence at the end of the ‘70s with her landmark release Broken English.
Subsequent albums have come and gone, yet her influence on younger generations is well documented, having collaborated with artists as varied as Billy Corgan, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave during her career. When not being a musical icon, she also found time to make her mark both as an actress and author.
Her most recent release, and 20th solo album, Give My Love to London, sees her teaming up with the likes of Cave again, Anna Calvi, Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt, Tom McRae and Steve Earle. Receiving some of the best reviews of her career, the album’s cover sees smoke emitting from her mouth, a playful nod to the famed tone of her voice.
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