With her new album, “Horses and Heels,” coming out next week (June 28th; Naïve Records) Marianne Faithfull will be showcasing new material when she joins artists like KD Lang and the B 52’s at this year’s Montreal Jazz Festival.
“Horses and High Heels” consists of four originals and eight covers ranging from Carole King’s “Going Back” to Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan’s “The Stations.” Four of the tracks feature virtuosic guitarist John Porter (Eric Clapton, The Smiths) while Lou Reed and Dr. John/MC5’s Wayne Kramer each make cameos on multiple songs. It was recorded in New Orleans and features a core of local musicians.
Hal Willner (Laurie Anderson, Allen Ginsberg), who also helmed Marianne’s critically-acclaimed 2009 collection of covers and duets: “Easy Come, Easy Go,” produced the album.
The songs touch on everything from soul, blues, folk, country, jazz-pop perkiness, and beguiling guitar-rock.