Before The Poison - Marianne Faithfull
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  • Summary: Faithfull's latest comes with some all-star assistance: P.J. Harvey wrote, produced and performed on over half of the tracks, with Damon Albarn and Nick Cave contributing to others.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Before The Poison isn’t flashy, and it’s likely to get overlooked, but it may just be the single best album Marianne Faithfull has ever put her name to.
  2. 86
    Her tragic musings finally receive the perfect accompaniment. [#14, p.105]
  3. If anything this year's model raises the stakes on its predecessor.
  4. She etches out a style that is as feeble as it is vicious. And she owns it, her voice only an assurance of just how cool she really is.
  5. 70
    A classic work...together [her collaborators] have created a near perfect, and wonderfully paced, stage for the singer. [Oct 2004, p.112]
  6. Most of the songs are elegiac, and Ms. Faithfull infuses them with desolate memories. [31 Jan 2005]
  7. The combination often proves too bleak.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11