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
  1. MattM
    Apr 2, 2005
    The best album of 2005 thus far. Faithfull sounds exquisite, and the arrangements are sublime. Simply astonishing.
  2. GREGW
    May 27, 2005
    Before The Poison is as addictive as Marianne is Fabulous!!! The more I listen to and connect to her tracks- The higher I become..... Go MARIANNE!!!!!!! Expand
  3. TimQ
    Sep 1, 2005
    This is the best album she has done since "Broken English". Both of course are excellent !!
  4. Shawn
    Jun 4, 2005
    A fantastic album from the uber cool Mrs. Faithfull. The only complaints being that the arrangements are a little too sparse and the instrumentation seems occasionally lazy. Expand
  5. Mack
    Feb 23, 2006
    Songs where her voice is "bleeding" are magnificent. The rest is just OK.
  6. EdwardE
    Mar 2, 2005
    Who better to bring the darkness out of Ms. Faithfull than Cave & Harvey. This is a stunning release & highly recommended though, don't throw it on at a party. It's bleak yet beautiful, dark yet reassuring. Expand
  7. KatieH
    Nov 1, 2004
    very emotional and dark-hearted. but i find it difficult to get over the fact that, though it's not always a bad thing, you cannot separate the her aging from her music. Expand

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