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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 17 Sept. 2004
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This review is from: Before the Poison (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Gin Soaked Cracked Torch Songs...Quite Simply Her Best Album., 20 Oct. 2006
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Mr. R. V. Ennis "bumblebert" (Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Empress of Art Rock, 4 Oct. 2004
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C. Lyons (Mid-West) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Faithfull In A Long, Long Time, 13 Mar. 2005
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Juan Mobili (Valley Cottage, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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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. Again, she took a beautiful song in its original version -in Blur's Think Tank- and birthed a distinct and soulful version.
I doubt that there'll be many albums this young year that will surpass the heart, strength and utter wisdom of these songs. I doubt even more that there will be voices -new or old- that will rival what Marianne Faithfull's can evoke and make you feel.
To listen to this album is to be in the glorious presence of the dark and intimate journal of a true artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy and otherworldly outing, 28 Mar. 2005
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Peter Uys "Toypom" (Sandton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Before the Poison (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. The nameless dead are forgotten by all but the Eternal Divine whose sorrow & anger are so well explained by Abraham Heschel in The Prophets.

In The Factory is a slab of slow brooding rock with great guitar work and a melancholy chorus, whilst the rhythmic and uptempo Desperanto rocks on in an atmospheric drone of guitars, synths and a male choir. The masterpiece of this album is the last track, City Of Quartz. An eerie poem with enchanting music box sounds, it deals with the narcissistic or psychopathic personality that considers human beings as objects to be used.

As an elegiac song cycle in which grief and sorrow find other-worldly expression, this recording is the complete opposite of its predecessor, the optimistic pop album Kissin' Time of 2002. I do not think Before The Poison is on the level of her classics like Vagabond Ways or the Island records trio Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances and A Child's Adventure, but Faithfull's fans will appreciate it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marianne Faithfull, The Gothic Queen, 17 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Before the Poison (Audio CD)
Well, I think that most of us that love Marianne Faithfull were secretly hoping for this day. The day that she would do an album with PJ Harvey and Nick Cave. Well guess what! The day has arrived! "Before the Poison" is beautiful dark masterpiece. "No Child of Mine" written by PJ Harvey has a great hook. It sounds as if it could have been a Rolling Stones song. "There is a Ghost" is a beautiful eerie ballad written by both Marianne Faithfull and Nick Cave. Warren Ellis ( Bad Seeds and The Dirty Three fame) adds a nice mournful touch with his sad violin. And lastly, Jon Brion's magical "City of Quartz" puts the icing on the cake. It has been decided. Marianne Faithfull is the Gothic Queen. Maybe next time Marianne can work Sandy Dillon into the equation.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning tour de force from rock survivor, 9 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Before the Poison (Audio CD)
This album sent chills up my back when I first heard it. A long time fan of both Marianne and Polly, to hear them working together is amazing. Nick Cave's sound too works as well with Marianne's voice, and sitting next to Polly's instrumentation. Unlike MF's previous CD, this album coheres well, and makes sense when heard next to Vagabond Ways.
Love the artwork too, especially the shot of a fork from Marianne's family silver (check out the engraving, which I assume is for Sacher-Masoch).
For new-comers to Marianne, this is a great place to start - and for fans who've been around a bit longer, this record can sit proudly next to Broken English and Blazing Away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dirges & Lamentations, 23 May 2009
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Peter Uys "Toypom" (Sandton) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Before the Poison (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. The nameless dead are forgotten by all but the Eternal Divine whose sorrow & anger are so well explained by Abraham Heschel in The Prophets.

In The Factory is a slab of slow brooding rock with great guitar work and a melancholy chorus, whilst the rhythmic and uptempo Desperanto rocks on in an atmospheric drone of guitars, synths and a male choir. The masterpiece of this album is the last track, City Of Quartz. An eerie poem with enchanting music box sounds, it deals with the narcissistic or psychopathic personality that considers human beings as objects to be used.

As an elegiac song cycle in which grief and sorrow find other-worldly expression, this recording is the complete opposite of its predecessor, the optimistic pop album Kissin' Time of 2002. I do not think Before The Poison is on the level of her classics like Vagabond Ways or the Island records trio Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances and A Child's Adventure, but Faithfull's fans will appreciate it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's your poison?, 7 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Before the Poison (Audio CD)
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.

Jeremy
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5.0 out of 5 stars A full bodied bruiser of an album!, 2 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Before the Poison (Audio CD)
Another superb album by the one and only gravel voiced Marianne.
Though to say it's her best since 'Broken English' either reveals someone who has not heard all her albums since that magnificent milestone in popluar music OR reveals someone with extremely bad taste!
Try listenning a few times to 'DANGEROUS AQUAINTANCES' or 'A CHILD'S ADVENTURE' and see what I mean!
'BEFORE THE POISON' is a brilliant & very well rounded album with the dark depths one would expect from Marianne, PJ Harvey & Nick Cave but also retains numerous foot tapping grooves and 'sing-along' moments of joy!
A must for fans of any of those three artists I just mentioned!
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