Negative Capability is in some ways no different than the other 20 studio albums Marianne Faithfull has recorded since 1964. "I just try and make a beautiful record," she tells Billboard. But, Faithfull acknowledges, the new set -- whose rocking "They Come at Night" is premiering exclusively below -- is also "kind of special."
"I write about my life," the Paris-based singer, who launched her career with the Rolling Stones-penned "As Tears Go By," explains. And the passing of old friends such as Leonard Cohen and Anita Pallenberg (the inspiration for the album's "Born to Live") helped push Faithfull towards what she considers "the most honest album I've ever made.... Events took over, and a lot of my dearest friends died in the last two or three years. The one thing I decided is I wanted to go much further than I ever have before in being really honest. I always try to hide myself somehow, but now I felt it's time I can reveal my true self more than I have.
"You would think I have already," Faithfull adds with a chuckle, "but believe me there's a lot more, and some of that comes out on this album."