It's been 23 years since Marianne Faithfull released the dynamic Broken English.

It's been 23 years since Marianne Faithfull released the dynamic Broken English. While other albums followed (most notably 1983's A Child's Adventure, 1990's Blazing Away, 1999's Vagabond Ways), none matched the vitality of Broken English—until now. Kissin Time opens with "Sex With Strangers," a mighty slab of electro-hued funk with music by Beck, who co-produced the track with Tony Hoffer. Elsewhere, Faithfull, who sounds rather happy here, teams with Billy Corgan, who produced the sensual "I'm on Fire" and the sweet "Wherever I Go"; Dave Stewart, who produced/co-penned the gorgeous "Song for Nico"; and Jarvis Cocker and his Pulp bandmates, who contribute to the autobiographical "Sliding Through Life on Charm." The album closes with a simply lovely rendition of Herman's Hermits' "I'm Into Something Good." Consider this a real treat.—MP

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