This technically could fall under “Hooray for Covers”, too. I first wrote about this years ago, on another long-dead music blog that I used to keep, and was reminded of it today when another Marianne Faithfull song came up in iTunes. So here, have some vintage blogging from me, circa November 2008.
I grabbed Marianne’s album, Easy Come, Easy Go, because I knew there were numerous Wainwright/Wainwright-connected-people involved. I was looking forward to Rufus’ track, though I didn’t know which one it was, and I’m going to be honest: I went through almost the whole song without realising that Rufus was on backing vocals here (I honestly wasn’t sure until around five minutes into the song). His voice takes on a very different tone in here, and while I don’t know if it was on purpose or not, I feel that it works very well. The album is, of course, about Marianne, and Rufus has the habit of sometimes overpowering people on songs, to the point where it becomes a song by Rufus, rather than a song with Rufus on guest vocals. Anyhow, even if you don’t care for Rufus, check this out. It’s a great, slowly building song and it works very well with both of their voices. Also, the lyrics are creepy.
Our chemical devotions of the night
Bring endless labyrinths of vines to light
Your silent spell won’t bring you home tonight
You couldn’t open up your veins to light
All that blossoms, all that blooms lies fallow in the night
Waits for a golden sunlight