4.0 out of 5 stars
What's your poison?, 7 Jan. 2010
The stronger tracks in my view are the PJ Harvey composed pieces, 'The Myserty of Love', 'My Friends have' & 'No child of mine'. Not being a fan of PJ Harvey this I did not expect when I scanned the sleeve notes. The combination of Mariainne's vocal grizzled bitter experience delivery and pained pessimism incorporated in Harvey's lyrics works well. The more gentle songs 'Crazy love' & 'There is a ghost' are both collaborations with Nick Cave, both songs have an optimistic beauty foretelling love stretching across distances. The remaining Nick Cave collaboration 'Desperanto' is probably the weakest track on the album, but even this raunchy sleazy little number more typical of Cave does get under the skin with repeated plays, I didn't dislike it. There is also a Damon Albarn piece 'Last song' with some additional lyrics from Marianne. The vocal delivery laments the encroaching development on the green belt certainly in the chorus, that will no doubt please the environmental lobby. The remaining songs 'In the Factory' another collaboration with PJ Harvey, appears to suggest that love is often a construction something artificially created as if on a production line - the Gang of Four might like to cover this one. And 'City of Quartz' the final track could almost be Marianne's epitaph, but I hope she carries on making more music like this.