Marianne Faithfull’s legend is long and daunting, but it all boils down to her voice. In the ’60s, still a teenager and freshly discovered by infamousRolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, Faithfull sang like a nightingale. Her relationship with Mick Jagger soured, and her troubles began; after years of drug abuse, she emerged in the ’70s with a voice that was smoky, cracked, and worn beyond its years. Rather than fading into history, she used her shattered, husky croon to make music that wasn’t the sweet folk of her youth. Instead, her songs became deeper, darker, and more emotionally wary.
Her 1979 album Broken English marked one of the most remarkable comebacks in pop, leading to numerous collaborations with everyone from Roger Waters and Lou Reed to PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Throughout them all, her singing became ever more nuanced and powerful—a disability turned into a symbol of pride and survival. With this year marking the 50th anniversary of her recording career as well as the arrival of her 20th studio album, Give My Love to London on November 11, here are 10 songs that sum up what Faithfull’s legend—and her voice—are all about. READ FULL STORY