While Faithfull may credit herself with writing the lyrics to the Stones song "Sister Morphine" (disputed by the Jagger/Richards songwriting team, which owns its rights), her real talent is her ability to impose her carefully-created mythic persona-- elegant but damaged blues chanteuse-- on any song she handles. The gut-wrenching "Broken English," about female terrorist Ulrike Meinhof, is the apex of this process. Written after two years of junkie-squatting with a band led by her then-husband Ben Briersley, the songs on the album-- not to mention the fact that Faithfull performs them as if singing from a cabaret in hell-- render Faithfull a haggard rock angel, utterly ruined by the Rolling Stones. The title cut, "Guilt," and the extremely blue "Why'd Ya Do It"-- on which Faithfull haughtily spits out venomous lines like" every time I see your dick I see her cunt in my bed"-- are extremely convincing meditations on anger, sex and jealousy, while the modern folk parable " The Ballad of Lucy Jordan " and a cover of Lennon's 'Working Class Hero" make stunning use of Faithfull's flat, scratchy delivery. Broken English is indeed the critical masterpiece it was hailed as.