Marianne still has the faith

Marianne Faithfull in 1971
Marianne Faithfull in 1971

John Murray on a new album from a music business survivor

Celebrating 50 years in music, Marianne Faithfull will celebrate with a world tour opening in Germany in October with dates running through to February at least.

Also planned will be a luxury photo book (A Life On Record) and of course a newly recorded album from which comes a teaser single Sparrows Will Sing (Naive) written by Roger Waters from Pink Floyd.

Her voice has hardened but can draw from her artistic experience to work her poetic lyrics.

The album will follow next month with a string of collaborators lined up who have supported her over the years.

Marianne started off as Mick Jagger’s girlfriend and became a pop songstress, model and movie star instantly, a picture of blonde locks, innocent youth and a fragile sweet voice that launched her career.

One young man who knows the peaks of fame from being part of a sensational pop band conquering all in their wake only to quit at the top and start again.

It was ten years ago Charlie Simpson formed Busted and had a string of bouncy young pop hits just before McFly came along to do pretty much the same.

Charlie left to form the harder Fightstar with more guitar sounds.

His first solo album was 2011 and while avoiding a Busted reunion and now lucrative McBusted merger he now has his new album Long Road Home (Nusic), released.

Breaking his writers block in 2012 with a beautifully acoustic song called Emily, written after a drunken night out, this formed the basis of his new album.

Only when he performs Forty Years do we get that wall of sound while still being harmony fuelled.

Still Young along with the catchy title track has all the multi tracked vocals and characteristically led by that misty voice from his youth.

So rather than a stadium tour, Charlie tried his new material with some intimate shows.