Nisha Gopalan
January 24, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Before the Poison

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Marianne Faithfull
Producers
Anti-

We gave it an B+

As with previous efforts, Marianne Faithfull once again gets by with a little songwriting help from her friends. But while Before the Poison features a tear-jerking dirge (”Last Song”) from Blur’s Damon Albarn and a timeless lullaby (”City of Quartz”) from producer and composer Jon Brion, it’s PJ Harvey who serves up the meat of the CD. Her raw, blues-tinged tracks greedily indulge Faithfull’s exquisitely tattered voice, making us willing to overlook bad seeds like the dance-rap ”Desperanto.” (We’re talking to you, Nick Cave!)

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