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Marianne Faithfull: Before The Poison (Naïve)

Mark Paytress, MOJO, October 2004

IT TAKES two seconds to realise this is gonna be a bit special. Three songs in and thoughts turn to album of the year. Just past the halfway mark, and I'm eagerly picking holes in Broken English ("Over-produced!") and deep into "career best" territory. Marianne Faithfull has delivered a classic work, and even more significant still, one that has no need for those "Say it loud, I'm fucked and I'm proud" clichés.

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