I don't have the historical background of the songs on "Horses and High Heels" that the other two reviewers do, but whenever Marianne Faithfull covers a song, she makes it her own. I know that "Goin'Back" (written by Goffin/King) was a hit by Dusty Springfield and her version was a wonderful pop recording. Elkie Brooks also recorded it and had a hit with it in the UK. Marianne doesn't try to compete with these artists nor does she try to imitate their style. Marianne sings it as if it were a new song and approaches it with a completely different feeling. Marianne's voice is unique but she knows how to use it superbly; she is an artiste.
"Why Did We Have to Part" is haunting in a most beautiful manner. "Gee Baby" is a winning pop song and Marianne makes it work. "Eternity" has such excellent production and is uptempo. This is a real stand-out song to this listener. It is a song that makes one move to it. "Back in Baby's Arms" is a great cover and is also uptempo.
Yes, this album is full of ghosts and references to the past such as "Prussian Blue", "Past, Present and Future" but none so much as the tremendously haunting "The Old House". This song was another stand-out for me. I couldn't help but to stop and listen to the lyrics. It is a masterpiece and perfect for Marianne's voice.
"Horses and High Heels" is a new friend in my Faithfull collection. It is a most welcome friend. I knew I loved it by the second time I played it. It contains different genres but her previous album, "Easy Come, Easy Go" covered a wide variety of genres more so than on this album. Marianne Faithfull never disappoints me with her every album. She is an extremely intelligent woman and I admire her immensely. She would never release an album unless it met her high standards. "Horses and High Heels" is solid testimony of her artistry. I am enjoying getting to know this album better with each playing. It deserves a Five Star rating which I am glad to bestow upon it. Thank you, Ms. Faithfull.