• Record Label: BMG
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2018
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
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  1. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    So mature, so raw, her voice captured me, I'd like to think it's my mother giving me advice, saying what she has lived, and what she still wants. Beautiful and powerful album filled with emotional songs.
  2. Nov 4, 2018
    10
    Stunning and heart wrenching from start to finish; think it is better than Before the Poison, and that was pretty sensational
  3. Nov 5, 2018
    10
    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, inspiringMarianne 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. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2018
    10
    Quite 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 aQuite 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...). Expand

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Metascore
88

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
  1. Dec 14, 2018
    90
    On Negative Capability, she captures John Keats's timeless view on artistic beauty with genuine conviction.
  2. The Wire
    Dec 4, 2018
    90
    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]
  3. Nov 19, 2018
    80
    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.