• Record Label: EMI
  • Release Date: Aug 13, 2002
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Despite its raft of celebrity collaborators, this inspired album keeps the focus squarely on Faithfull's elegantly weathered voice while drawing lyrical inspiration from her dramatic history. [16 Aug 2002, p.72]
  2. 90
    Kissin Time is full with Faithfull's own history: disaster next to glory, next to the overriding feeling that, come what may, she will slide through it all by dint of charisma, wit and, indeed, charm. [Album Of The Month, March 2002, p.98]
  3. Her best bunch of songs since--not Broken English, that's ridiculous, but Strange Weather or A Child's Adventure.
  4. 80
    Her genius is not to let herself be trapped in yesterday. [#9, p.144]
  5. An album rich in variety, good pop sense, and the unmistakable cool of someone like Faithfull.
  6. Faithfull holds her own from the first track.
  7. It's Pulp's contribution on the terrifically revealing "Sliding Through Life on Charm" that really raises a smile...and a little something else.
  8. The results as a whole, whether fabulously disastrous or formidable, offer an aural spectacle that other 55-year-old, or even 35-year-old, rock stars should dream of wrangling.
  9. In her music, as in her life, everything revolves around sex - but unseemly as it is for a woman of a certain age to frug bawdily alongside Damon Albarn, Marianne gets away with it.
  10. The production can be a little too clinical and antiseptic in spots.
  11. At times smart, sometimes schlocky, and frequently both, there's an unmistakable hit-seeking aura to Kissin' Time that flirts with Tina Turner's Private Dancer career-resurrection formula without stooping to be conquered by it.
  12. 70
    It's everything you ever loved about obscure French and Italian new-wave cinema soundtracks without the stench of rancid popcorn. [#55, p.74]
  13. 70
    As a cross-generational experiment, Kissin' Time works. [Apr 2002, p.110]
  14. There’s nothing wrong with collaborators -- and Faithfull has picked some good ones -- but the quality seems to be directly linked to who is behind each song.
  15. Marianne Faithfull's singing voice is like an open wound, a raw badge of suffering and self-examination that sounds best when the music gives Faithfull room to bleed. That happens on about half of Kissin Time.
  16. An album of mostly pleasant contemporary pop. [#218, p.61]
  17. These songs sound more like her collaborators' than hers. [Mar 2002, p.120]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Shawn
    Jun 4, 2005
    8
    It's certainly no Broken English, but still a very good album.
  2. SyB.
    Sep 25, 2002
    10
    her best...better than broken english...not as depressing as her other stuff...and hse sounds amazzing live
  3. SusanT.
    Sep 24, 2002
    1
    I just saw marianne on saturday. she is and always will be an icon of rock and roll.