• Record Label: BMG
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2018

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. 100
    Comparisons with such late-career highlights as Johnny Cash’s American Recordings albums and Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker are inevitable, but Negative Capability really does belong in such exalted company.
  2. Nov 2, 2018
    Her instrument has aged with her like a fine wine, like Iggy Pop, or like Mr Jagger himself. It’s completely her, completely unique. The new version is gleefully bleak and unwieldy.
  3. Mojo
    Oct 29, 2018
    If you need reminding, it demonstrates what a good singer she is. [Dec 2018, p.90]
  4. Dec 14, 2018
    On Negative Capability, she captures John Keats's timeless view on artistic beauty with genuine conviction.
  5. The Wire
    Dec 4, 2018
    The songwriting and lyricism are strong, but her storied voice elevates the album and invests it with a depth and serenity that few can match. [Jan 2019, p.64]
  6. Oct 29, 2018
    These songs may be scorched with an unavoidable yearning quality, but they find her standing at a new creative peak: ‘The Gypsy Faerie Queen’, co-written with Nick Cave, might rank among the best songs either have written, while ‘Born To Live’, her piano-led paean to departed lifelong friend Anita Pallenberg, speaks of our corporeal impermanence with a calm but unswervingly frank honesty.
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    Oct 29, 2018
    There won't be a better record released this month, and very few this year. This is one for the ages. [Nov 2018, p.84]
  8. Nov 7, 2018
    Negative Capability is sure to stand the test of time, much like its creator. Marianne Faithfull has delivered a searing late career masterstroke, as vital as any in her storied career.
  9. Nov 19, 2018
    Faithfull channels her body and mind’s ache into an album that’s her best and most honest work since Broken English. With Negative Capability, she reinforces our links by exposing her own broken places.
  10. Nov 2, 2018
    A collection of songs that sink deeply into the subjects of death and old age with poignancy but never self-pity.
  11. Q Magazine
    Oct 29, 2018
    The Gypsy Faerie Queen, co-written and performed with Cave, and the Lanegan-scored They Come At Night, addressing the attack on the Bataclan, are among the LP's finest moments, but it's Born To Live, a tribute to the late Anita Pallenberg, that proves its most stirring. [Dec 2018, p.107]
  12. Uncut
    Oct 29, 2018
    What Negative Capability has for you at its best is just this kind of upending of expectations. [Dec 2018, p.16]
  13. Nov 7, 2018
    There are also moments of tenderness (“No Moon at Night”) and vulnerability (“Misunderstanding,” “In My Own Particular Way”) that make it one of her most compelling albums to date.
  14. Nov 5, 2018
    Negative Capability is a testament to her journey and what it has taught her, and it reminds us she's still a talent capable of drawing our attention.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Nov 10, 2018
    Quite simply a stunning album. Faithfull is at her creative peak with this recording. Her voice is used to perfection, delivering an album ofQuite simply a stunning album. Faithfull is at her creative peak with this recording. Her voice is used to perfection, delivering an album of melencholic masterpieces. Dealing mainly with loss, paging and death - you'd be excused for thinking this would be a bleak album however it is full of hope and longing and with just enough verve in her delivery and the production to make this a listening delight. This is an album of someone that has lived a full life. "No Moon In Paris", "In My Particular Way" and "Loneliest Person" are all stand out tracks, that will help to ensure Marianne Faithfull is long remembered as one of the very best vocal interrupters every to step into a recording studio. This album is essential listening, in fact to my ears, it is the best album of the year (so far...). Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2018
    Marianne continues to provide us with coherent and solid works. Music and novel texts that reinvent their own history in music. Incredible,Marianne continues to provide us with coherent and solid works. Music and novel texts that reinvent their own history in music. Incredible, but true, Marianne Faithfull far exceeds any of the female voices that today achieve recognition only with scandalous news and very little with creativity or musical risk. In her albums, her sensitivity to literature and art is perceived, inspiring ingredients that make a difference with today's music, whose success derives from marketing tricks and manipulation in the recording studio. I prefer a thousand times this naked and imperfect voice, but authentic and honest, that all the shiny and well packaged crap that comes to us today via Pitchfork and many other media. It is pleasing to have artists like Marianne in these times of artifice and in this monotonous desert of the current music industry. Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2018
    Stunning and heart wrenching from start to finish; think it is better than Before the Poison, and that was pretty sensational