Martina Topley-Bird - Anything

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Martina Topley-Bird - Anything

Previously known for her contributions to the classic albums of trip-hop genius Tricky, British chanteuse Martina Topley-Bird’s debut, Anything, deftly mixes electronic trip-pop, blues, soul and anthemic rock. While she draws from such disparate elements, the mood of the album is extraordinarily consistent in tone and feel, as she emerges a cogent creative personality throughout. One minute evoking Billie Holiday, the next PJ Harvey or Beth Gibbons, this is an album beholden to no sense of convention or calculation. The growling guitars (via Queens of the Stone Age axeman Josh Homme) and soaring angelic vocals of “Need One” and the throwback soul crooning of “Soul Food” (a dead ringer for classic-period Dusty Springfield) seem particularly radio-savvy, balancing out the more adventurous production elements. The crushingly anguished balladry of the title track is a marriage of morose electronic textures and slow motion acoustic guitars. Anything is an album refreshingly free of formula or derivation, boldly realized in startlingly broad strokes, and only the first entry into what is likely to be a very idiosyncratic oeuvre.

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