Album cover artwork with black vinyl record popping outInspired in part by the high school teacher who introduced Marianne Faithfull to the English Romantics, She Walks In Beauty is as much a love letter to its form as its poems’ subjects.

Faithfull’s textured voice delivers Byron, Hood, Shelley et al. with new urgency, swaddled in the delicate but stirring musical arrangements of Warren Ellis – not new to soundtracking Byronic romance from his collaborations with Nick Cave. The effect is a persuasive argument for the marriage of language and music, affording more power to the original words than their arrangers could’ve imagined. It’s an act of transformation as powerful as the love itself.

She Walks in Beauty by Marianne Faithfull and Warren Ellis is out April 30 via BMG.

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