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"With 2005's Before the Poison, Marianne Faithfull continues to find new collaborators who fit perfectly with her foreboding sense of pop. This time out, it's PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, and Aimee Mann producer Jon Brion who help Faithfull navigate her way through a dark night of beautiful losing. She has an unmistakable voice, one that immediately adds an extra dose of gravitas to anything she contemplates. Where her previous albums with producer Hal Willner (1987's Strange Weather) and film scorer Angelo Badalamenti (1995's A Secret Life) couched Faithfull in consistently quiet, often languid settings to allow her to indulge in her most seductive purrs, Poison adds an occasional level of abrasion with the Harvey-engineered ""My Friends Have,"" where scruffy guitar chords do righteous battle and the Hal Willner-enhanced ""Desperanto"" where things turn quite tribal. Nick Cave resettles things with piano and Warren Ellis' violin for the cinematically sweeping and uplifting beauty of ""Crazy Love."" The mood is extended with an inspired pairing with Blur's Damon Albarn for the acoustic guitar, piano, and strings of ""Last Song."" "

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Darkly romantic

Beautiful record that will intrest fans of Nico, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen. Aided and abetted by admirers like PJ Harvey, Nick Cave, and Damon Alburn (BLUR), Marianne Faithfull delivers a world weary performance on new classics like Last Song, No Child of Mine, and Before the Poison.

Good Record

Faithfull and PJ Harvey, with Cave made a good album. "My Friends Have" is seminal PJ Harvey sung by Marianne. Stunning.


Born: December 29, 1946 in Hampstead, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few stars of the '60s reinvented themselves as successfully as Marianne Faithfull. Coaxed into a singing career by Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham in 1964, she had a big hit in both Britain and the U.S. with her debut single, the Jagger/Richards composition "As Tears Go By" (which prefaced the Stones' own version by a full year). Considerably more successful in her native land than the States, she had a series of hits in the mid-'60s that set her high, fragile voice against delicate orchestral...
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