Dangerous Acquaintances

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Dangerous Acquaintances
Studio album by
Released1 September 1981 (1981-09-01)
RecordedMarch 1981
StudioMatrix Studios (London, United Kingdom)
ProducerMark Miller Mundy
Marianne Faithfull chronology
Broken English
Dangerous Acquaintances
A Child's Adventure
Singles from Dangerous Acquaintances
  1. "Intrigue"
    Released: September 1981
  2. "Sweetheart"
    Released: November 1981

Dangerous Acquaintances is the eighth studio album by English singer Marianne Faithfull. It was released on 1 September 1981 by Island Records. The album 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.

Background and recording[edit]

Marianne Faithfull described the album's recording as a long and arduous process, marked by numerous instances of miscommunication between herself, the instrumentalists, and the producer.[1] She particularly commented that bassist Steve York and drummer Terry Stannard did not gel properly, and that producer Mark Mundy made inappropriate production decisions, such as the inclusion of horns on "Intrigue".[1] She was also unhappy with the way Mundy interacted with the performers: "We went through some amazing scenes. He was treating the band like they couldn't play and didn't know what they were doing - and in a way, me too, but particularly the band. It was a divide and conquer trip. I don't think he meant to do it. He just did it naturally."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

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.[2]

Track listing[edit]

2."Intrigue"Ben Brierley4:29
3."Easy in the City"
  • Faithfull
  • Barry Reynolds
4."Strange One"
  • Faithfull
  • Barry Reynolds
6."For Beauty's Sake"
7."So Sad"
  • Faithfull
  • Barry Reynolds
  • Steve York
8."Eye Communication"
  • Faithfull
  • Barry Reynolds
  • Fuzzy Samuels
  • Terry Stannard
9."Truth, Bitter Truth"
  • David Courts
  • Faithfull
  • Barry Reynolds
Total length:36:44



  • Bob Potter - engineer
  • Ed Thacker - mixing
  • Paul Henry - art direction
  • Clive Arrowsmith - photography


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[16] Gold 113,800[15]

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c Farber, Jim (June 1983). "I Got Here by the Skin of my Teeth". Record. 2 (8): 1, 30.
  2. ^ a b Dangerous Acquaintances at AllMusic
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2012-01-29
  5. ^ "dutchcharts.nl Marianne Faithfull - Dangerous Acquaintances". dutchcharts.nl (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Archived from the original (ASP) on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Tous les Albums classés par Artiste > Choisir Un Artiste Dans la Liste" (in French). infodisc.fr. Archived from the original (PHP) on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  7. ^ "charts.org.nz Marianne Faithfull - Dangerous Acquaintances". Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original (ASP) on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  8. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Marianne Faithfull - Dangerous Acquaintances". Hung Medien. VG-lista. Archived from the original (ASP) on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  9. ^ "swedishcharts.com Marianne Faithfull - Dangerous Acquaintances" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Chart Stats - Marianne Faithfull - Dangerous Acquaintances" (PHP). UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  11. ^ "allmusic ((( Dangerous Acquaintances > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums of 1981". RPM. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Marianne Faithfull – Dangerous Acquaintances". Music Canada.
  15. ^ "Les Albums Or". infodisc.fr (in French). SNEP. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Marianne Faithfull – Dangerous Acquaintances" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.

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