Martina Topley-Bird – Anything

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Album Review by EDF

Despite the album’s title, this is not a new album. In fact this is an American edition as this album was originally released in the UK as QUIXOTIC where it received rave reviews and awards nominations. For years Martina was the voice heard on Tricky’s records and she decided it was time to branch out on her own. Martina grew up in London to a large extended family and her listening pleasures back then were geared towards rock acts such as Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Martina’s vocal style is a far cry from those major rock acts.

SOUL FOOD hints at a Billie Holiday like vocal rendition, which confirms that she knows how to handle the material she has. ILYA and RAGGA features Tricky and on these two tracks we find an experimentation that is not to be found on the rest of the album. These trip-hop tracks compliment softer tracks such as I STILL FEEL and ANYTHING, two tracks that would put Dido’s musical output to shame. TOO TOUGH TO DIE threatens to be a screaming guitar metal track and is so restrained that at certain points you can almost feel the song being held back. Those who like their records to sound as experimental and different as other artists like Bjork or Beth Gibson will embrace this album.

5 stars