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Marianne Faithfull’s long and distinguished career has seen her emerge as one of the most original female singersongwriters this country has produced; Utterly unsentimental yet somehow affectionate, Marianne possesses that rare ability to transform any lyric into something compelling and utterly personal; and not just on her own songs, for she has become a master of the art of finding ... Read more in Amazon's Marianne Faithfull Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ministry of Power
  • ASIN: B0002U9HCK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Her best album since "Broken English", the whole record has this lush, dark vibe about it. It takes a couple of listens to get used to Marianne singing against the more gritty, guitar-based tracks, while others are more reminiscent of "Strange Weather". Having said that, there is not a single bad moment and she makes each track her own. Particularly brilliant is the Nick Cave collaboration "There is a Ghost" with its heartbreaking melody. Her voice is richer than ever and versatile enough to capture the emotion and story behind each song. She really just keeps getting better and better!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. V. Ennis on 20 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's one of those few albums i listen to all the way through without skipping a track. Marianne has NEVER sounded better. Hal Wilner is the ONLY producer she's worked with who knows how to properly capture her unusual voice (listen to how genuinely beautiful her vocal on "Last Song" is inparticular) and the songs are of a very high standard.

PJ Harvey's contributions are brilliant and theirs a great writing appearance from Damon Albarn but the real treats on here come from the songs Nick Cave provides (how Marianne and Nick never got together YEARS ago is anyone's guess, they both seem to have found a muse in each other).

Credit where it's due to Faithfull however, the songs which feature her unusual abstract lyrics are the best on the album. It's more satisfying than both "Strange Weather" and "Broken English" put together.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Lyons on 4 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Marianne Faithfull strips it all down and lays it all out with the awesome, pure, raw emotion that she's known for. The entire cd is filled with life-learning experiences that showcase a voice lightyears ahead of it's time, yet stained by the past. That voice, so distinctive, enhances all of the acoustic-esque songs. Fantastically brilliant!! Critics and fans will be extremely pleased by Marianne's latest release. Once again, Ms. Faithfull has set a very high bar that all other female rockers, young & old, will aspire to. "Before The Poison" is dark, volatile, biting, engaging, sad, insane, foreboding, thought provoking, image invoking, and laslty, flawless!! Marianne has outdone herself yet again, and proven beyond a doubt that she is an artist like no other with a talent for lyrics that can only be called outstanding!! This cd is like nothing she has ever done before...not to mention that the photos & layout are absolutely gorgeous!! Why has she not been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?? America Loves You Marianne!! Cool, very cool.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 13 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to say that my respect for Marianne Faithfull has been greater for her character and the bare honesty with which she's lived her life, than due to my love for most of her recordings of the last fifteen years.
Of course, this has changed dramatically with the release of Before The Poison. This album reveals Faithfull's talent and depth of emotion more than anything in a long time, perhaps harking back as far as Broken English.
It is, actually, an interesting paradox, that she can sound so authentically herself although most of the great songs in this CD have been written by other people, and in some cases -No Child Of Mine and Last Song- recorded by their authors before this album was even planned.
Whereas Kissin' Time, her album prior to this, also counted on a host of great writers -Beck, Jarvis Cocker and Billy Corgan- this one takes the promise of those collaborations to a higher, more intense level.
Eight of the ten songs included here are written or co-written by Nick Cave or PJ Harvey, and the chemistry between them and Ms. Faithfull is stunning.
Harvey's The Mystery Of Love and In The Factory could have been included in Uh Huh Her, yet sung by Marianne they were worth saving for this record. In them you'll find the same fierce vulnerability that Harvey's latest exuded. Of course, Child Of Mine -which was included in Uh Huh Her- deserves the same praise, as Faithfull's weathered and wise voice carves new truths out of it.
No less impressive is Cave's work. There Is A Ghost and Crazy Love must be counted among Cave's most accomplished ballads, as touching and solemnly vulnerable as the best of Boatman's Call.
Last but not least, her version of Damon Albarn's Last Song is equally impressive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
In Marianne's book Memories, Dreams and Reflections, the chapter Mind Movies discusses the songs & musicians on this album where she collaborates extensively with PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. There are three Harvey covers: Mystery Of Love, My Friends Have and No Child Of Mine, whilst the title track and In The Factory are co-written by them with Marianne contributing lyrics. Nick Cave features as music composer on Crazy Love, There Is A Ghost and Desperanto.

The style varies from the percussive guitar rock of My Friends Have and the tuneful pop ballad Crazy Love with its lovely piano & violins to the bluesy dirge for England titled Last Song and the slow mournful rock of No Child Of Mine with its complex and stirring vocal interplay. The title track was inspired by the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway by a doomsday cult; it's so gloomy it would have made Nico of the Velvet Underground proud.

Equally mournful, the lamentation There Is A Ghost with its melancholic piano against eerie synths commemorates all the millions slain. Although more obliquely expressed, it shares the theme of The Faith on Dear Heather by Leonard Cohen and The Ghost of You by Siouxsie & The Banshees.
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