Kissin Time

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Kissin Time
Studio album by Marianne Faithfull
Released 19 February 2002
Recorded 2001-2002
Genre Electronic rock
Label Hut/Virgin
Producer Beck,
Tony Hoffer,
Billy Corgan,
Dave Stewart,
Jarvis Cocker,
Steve Mackey,
Étienne Daho,
Les Valentins,
Ben Hillier,
Barry Reynolds
Marianne Faithfull chronology
Vagabond Ways
Kissin Time
Before the Poison
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media(7.1/10) [2]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [3]

Kissin Time is the 16th album by British musician Marianne Faithfull.


After turns as a neo-cabaret/slow ballad crooner in previous works (represented by her 1990s works with Hal Willner, Angelo Badalamenti and the interpretation of Brecht/Weill standards), Faithfull was eager to collaborate with contemporary musicians. She co-wrote almost all the songs, and worked with several notable musicians who produced the tracks.

The song "Kissin Time" is the result of a collaboration between her and Blur, and is, according to Faithfull, "sort of about Damon (Albarn) and sort of about me." Beck, who worked with her in Los Angeles, is responsible for the tracks "Sex With Strangers", "Like Being Born" and "Nobody's Fault". While the first one is an electro-funk sprechstimme track, influenced by Serge Gainsbourg and Beck's Midnite Vultures, the other two tend to a more folk/country/Leonard Cohen path. 'Nobody's Fault' previously appeared on Beck's album Mutations under the title "Nobody's Fault but My Own" in 1999. Beck's collaborations were co-produced by Tony Hoffer.

"The Pleasure Song", which was included on the soundtrack of the movie The L Word, was written in Paris with Les Valentines (the duo Edith Fambuena and Jean Louis Pierot) and French singer Étienne Daho. Billy Corgan, contributes to three songs: the reworking of the 1960s Goffin/King success "Something Good", the hymnal and synth-layered "I'm On Fire" and the reflective acoustic pop of 'Wherever I Go'. Faithfull declared about the last one: "that's Billy trying to sit down and write Marianne a hit."

The "Song For Nico" was written by Faithfull and Dave Stewart after reading a biography of the German singer/songwriter/actress/model, who Faithfull identified with even though, as she said, "Nico had tremendous injustice in her life, and I've had tremendous luck." The singer also declared that this tune "is one of the best things I've ever written."[citation needed]

About the biographical "Sliding Through Life on Charm", Faithfull said: "I'd been trying to write this song for 20 years, always getting stuck because I couldn't find a fucking rhyme. And I though, when I see that Jarvis Cocker -- so I grabbed him in this television studio one day and said 'Now, look, I want you to take this title and go and write a song from it.' And off he went. And then he took another year and a half before I got it -- and then it took another year and a half before I understood it enough to record it."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sex with Strangers" (Marianne Faithfull, Beck) – 4:21 -- featuring Beck
  2. "The Pleasure Song" (Marianne Faithfull, Étienne Daho, Edith Fambuena, Jean Louis Pierot) – 4:15
  3. "Like Being Born" (Marianne Faithfull, Beck) – 3:51 -- featuring Beck and Jon Brion
  4. "I'm on Fire" (Marianne Faithfull, Billy Corgan) – 5:11 -- featuring Billy Corgan
  5. "Wherever I Go" (Billy Corgan) – 4:27 -- featuring Billy Corgan
  6. "Song for Nico" (Marianne Faithfull, Dave Stewart) – 3:59 -- featuring Dave Stewart
  7. "Sliding Through Life on Charm" (Marianne Faithfull, Pulp) – 4:00 -- featuring Pulp
  8. "Love & Money" (Marianne Faithfull, David Courts) – 2:17
  9. "Nobody's Fault" (Beck) – 6:28 -- featuring Beck
  10. "Kissin Time" (Marianne Faithfull, Blur) – 5:39 -- featuring Blur
  11. "Something Good" (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) – 3:24 -- featuring Billy Corgan

Bonus Disc (French Editions)

  1. "Blood In My Eyes" (Traditional)

Production credits[edit]

  • Marianne Faithfull - Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer, Percussion, Handclapping
  • Beck - Producer, Programming, Guitar, Synthesizer, Percussion, Background Vocals
  • Tony Hoffer - Producer, Programming, Engineer, Mixing
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen - Bass ("Sex With Strangers")
  • Jon Brion - Celeste, Drums, Chamberlain, Harmonium
  • Smokey Hormel - Guitar
  • Étienne Daho - Producer
  • Edith Fambuena - Producer, Guitar
  • Jean Louis Pierot - Producer, Keyboards
  • Dave Stewart - Producer, Bass, Guitar
  • Billy Corgan - Producer, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming, Background Vocals, Engineer, Mixing
  • Shawn Christopher - Background Vocals ("I'm On Fire")
  • Paris Delane - Background Vocals ("I'm On Fire")
  • Matt Walker - Drums
  • Ben Hillier - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Handclapping
  • Barry Reynolds - Producer, Bass, Guitar, Programming, Mixing
  • Ned Douglas - Keyboards, Programming
  • Mark Price - Drums
  • Bertrand "Mako" Blais - Programming
  • Gavin Skinner - Drums
  • Blur:
  • Pulp:
  • Howard Willing - Pre-Production
  • Clive Goddard - Engineer, Mixing
  • Bjorn Thorsrud - Engineer, Mixing
  • Nick Addison - Engineer
  • Jean-Paul Gonnod - Engineer
  • Chris Potter - Engineer
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Tim Young - Mastering
  • Nick Knight - Photography
  • Paul Hetherington - Graphic Design, Art Direction, Design
  • Howard Wakefield - Graphic Design