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Negative Capability

Marianne Faithfull

Negative Capability

Album number twenty one by English singer-songwriter featuring contributions from artists including Warren Ellis, Nick Cave, Rob Ellis, Ed Harcourt and Mark Lanegan

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  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    If you need reminding, it demonstrates what a good singer she is. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    Long live rock ‘n’ roll. Long live Marianne Faithfull
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  3. 10.0 |   The Observer

    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
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  4. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Featuring an array of faultless performances from some of the most celebrated musicians of the past 30 years, most notably Nick Cave on the magical cut ‘The Gypsy Faerie Queen‘, along with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis and namesake musician/producer Rob, Negative Capability is a quite remarkable piece of work
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    An incredible, searing, emotionally driven experience
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  6. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    On Negative Capability, she captures John Keats's timeless view on artistic beauty with genuine conviction
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  7. 8.5 |   The 405

    A searing late career masterstroke, as vital as any in her storied career
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There are no regrets here, just emotionally powerful, rich and complex experiences
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    The last bohemian standing has the last laugh with powerful songs and self-mythologising
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  10. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    At the age of 71, the British singer who helped define rock-star redemption shares gorgeous and vulnerable self-portraits, shaped by an ace backing band that sometimes includes Nick Cave
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    Although drenched with heartache, the musician’s 21st album bristles with warmth and life, a 40-minute reason to stay positive
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  12. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Staggering meditation on ageing and death
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  13. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    When the forces come together, it’s as compelling as the late masterworks of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
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  14. 8.0 |   Crack

    Deals with some heavy themes – Faithfull’s grief at losing lifelong friends, her deteriorating health and the reality of getting old. But it’s the glimmers of hope that make the record so resolutely beautiful
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  15. 8.0 |   Uncut

    What Negative Capability has for you at its best is just this kind of upending of expectations. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Q

    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. Print edition only

  17. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A stellar summation of a harrowing life and career
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  18. 7.0 |   All Music

    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
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  19. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    One of her most compelling albums to date
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