Somewhere (A Place for Us)

Marianne Faithfull really knows how to find cool people to hang out with her in the studio. Old and young, they all line up for a chance to guest star on one of her records. Everyone wants a touch of that louche glamour. On her cover album Easy Come Easy Go, Faithfull had a neon-name guest on nearly every track. Some of them were trusty old sidekicks like Nick Cave and Keith Richards, some – like Cat Power and Anohni – are spiritual offspring. She’s had a particularly fruitful friendship with Jarvis Cocker over the years. They’ve written some great songs together, and he’s exactly the kind of soulful dandy she would have been in the arms of in her younger days. One thing they share is their conviction that being sad in a cloud of smoke is a high art form. I love hearing the old queen trade mournful sighs with the young acolyte. They chose an old chestnut from West Side Story that’s been handled by everyone from Aretha Franklin to The Pet Shop Boys, and it’s exactly the kind of song that generations of sad sacks have been drawn to for its mix of mournfulness and hope.