Its a blend of haunting but yet raucous, due to substance abuse and laryngitis.
I think it gives her an edge otherwise it would sound just like every other ballad, its a unique gift.
Marianne also did a slather of movies in the 60s/ 70s including "The Girl on the Motorcycle" a personal favorite of mine, not the fact that she is naked under her leather outfit but its freedom at its best ( getting away from it all) while tripping on LSD... Sadly she does a tango with a truck and I don't think she came off too good in the end.
I love this song, so smooth, dreamy but raw at the same time.
A stunning song from a multi-talented artist.
MARIANNE FAITHFULL - THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN
THE GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE (movie clip)