CD Anything [Digipak] (CD 839130), Audio Other
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Anything [Digipak]


  • 1. Anything
    2. Ragga
    3. Need One
    4. Soul Food
    5. Ilya
    6. I Still Feel
    7. Sandpaper Kisses
    8. Too Tough to Die
    9. Lullaby
    10. Outro
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2134

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Best known for her guest appearances on Tricky's first three solo albums, Martina Topley-Bird owes much to the trip-hop movement, yet is not defined by it. Originally released in the UK to much critical acclaim under the title QUIXOTIC, ANYTHING is a pared-down, re-sequenced version of that original album, and serves as the US introduction to Topley-Bird's postmodern, electronica-infused soul music.
    Sophisticated, unpredictable, and intense, Topley-Bird veers between rock ("Need One"), ragga-rap ("Ragga"), atmospheric ballads ("Sandpaper Kisses"), and piercing pleas of emotional intensity (the spectacular title track), all unified by a keen sense of stylistic focus. Topley-Bird's sultry voice, at once understated and sharp as a tack, is equally at home with classic soul styling ("Soul Food"), and on edgier material ("Too Tough to Die"). Like the best of Britain's digital-era soul, ANYTHING is rhythmically driven, but ethereal, combining the otherworldliness of electronic soundscapes with a vocabulary informed by hip-hop, experimental music, and pop. Topley-Bird takes this recipe one step further here, and promises--if her debut is any indication--to take it even further in the future.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.120) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "[A] fantastic solo debut....The collection interknits bluesy intimacy, R&B extroversion, theatrical confessions and rock chord progressions while keeping both feet planted in fertile electronic soil."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.85) - "ANYTHING glides beguilingly from spaced-out slow jams to techno cabaret to gospel electronica to whiplash-crack eeriness." - Grade: B+
    Magnet (p.126) - "Neatly fusing element of rock, ragga and R&B, Martina Topley-Bird creates a sinister red-light district in which she struts and stalks, purrs and preens."
    CMJ (p.30) - "ANYTHING is hot without being facile about it, teasing cabaret blues through songs that otherwise sound like old-school R&B, ragga, and (yes) trip-hop."
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