Dangerous Acquaintances

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Dangerous Acquaintances
Studio album by Marianne Faithfull
Released September 1981
Label Island
Producer Mark Miller Mundy
Marianne Faithfull chronology
Broken English
(1979)
Dangerous Acquaintances
(1981)
A Child's Adventure
(1983)

Dangerous Acquaintances is an 1981 album by British artist Marianne Faithfull. The work was seen by reviewers as a disappointing follow-up to Faithfull's Broken English, as the album trades the angry and controversial alternative new wave arrangements of the previous one for a more mainstream rock texture, using over a dozen session musicians and, for some, giving a certain anonymous feel to the songs. The title is a reference to the Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses.

The main singles of the album were "Intrigue", penned by the singer's then-husband, Ben Brierley, and "For Beauty's Sake", written by Faithfull and Steve Winwood.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

In their retrospective review, Allmusic repeatedly criticized the album for backing down from the musical and lyrical boldness of Broken English in favor of more conventional and accessible material.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweetheart" (Marianne Faithfull, Barry Reynolds) – 3:17
  2. "Intrigue" (Ben Brierley) – 4:31
  3. "Easy in the City" (Faithfull, Reynolds) – 3:16
  4. "Strange One" (Joe Mavety, Terry Stannard) – 2:52
  5. "Tenderness" (Faithfull, Reynolds) – 3:53
  6. "For Beautie's Sake" (Faithfull, Steve Winwood) – 3:32
  7. "So Sad" (Faithfull, Reynolds, Steve York) – 4:32
  8. "Eye Communication" (Faithfull, Reynolds, Fuzzy Samuel, Stannard) – 3:36
  9. "Truth, Bitter Truth" (David Courts, Faithfull, Reynolds) – 7:22

The single "For Beautie's Sake" featured the non-album b-side "Over Here."

  • Note: The spelling of the song's title is intentionally anachronistic.

"The Letter", a short spoken-word interpretation of a significant episode in the de Laclos novel, was given a limited vinyl release in Australia as b-side on the single release of "Sweetheart".

Personnel[edit]

  • Marianne Faithfull – vocals
  • Barry Reynolds – guitar
  • Steve York – bass
  • Joe Maverty – bass
  • Frank Collins – vocals
  • Denis Haines – keyboards
  • Pickford Sykes - Keyboards
  • Neil Hubbard – guitar
  • Martin Drover – guitar
  • Julian Diggle – guitar
  • Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuel – bass

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dangerous Acquaintances at AllMusic
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