by Martina Topley-BirdMartina Topley-Bird


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Longtime Tricky chanteuse Martina Topley-Bird's solo debut is a fine but entirely inoffensive affair, and thus perhaps exactly what the doctor ordered for her trip-pop-adoring admirers. For the most part, Quixotic sees Topley-Bird straddling tasteful chillout vibes with patches of soul, blues, and rock thrown in for good measure. The far too short "Intro" is the deepest excursion into Topley-Bird's blues jones, and if it were just another minute longer, it would be worth the price of admission on its own. The appropriately titled "Soul Food" sees the singer donning her very best Dusty Springfield garb. Just a touch too commercial and plastic, the song is still a wonderful showcase for Topley-Bird's beautifully sweet voice. Similarly geared toward the Top 40 is "Need One," a collaboration with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. The track is certainly catchy, but its airy background vocals drown out Homme's contributions. "Too Tough to Die" and "I Wanna Be There" round out the rock tracks and present another dose of mimicry: Topley-Bird's snarling aggression on these two tracks positions her as an absolute dead ringer for Rid of Me-era PJ Harvey. With other collaborators such as David Holmes, David Arnold, and Tricky himself lending helping hands, every note, sample, and genre flourish feels exactly in the right place. The album showcases both Topley-Bird's range and her gorgeous voice, and while its stylistic shifts make for a consistently engaging listen, one can't shake the sense that specific musical formulas are in place at every corner. Still, most listeners will probably revel in the album's eclecticism, as Topley-Bird is an absolutely first-rate musical and vocal chameleon. Satisfying but rarely challenging, Quixotic is a fantastic start to a solo career, and its display of range, talent, and charm suggests that Martina Topley-Bird has an endless well of creativity at her disposal and that she is most likely destined for greater things.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2003
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC: 5099751206422
catalogNumber: 512064

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martina Topley-Bird   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes
Mark Lanegan   Vocals
Tony Lewis   Cello
David Arnold   Strings
Mark Berrow   Violin
Cath Coffey   Background Vocals
Zach Danziger   Drums
James Eller   Bass
Roger Garland   Violin
Josh Homme   Guitar
Phil Mossman   Guitar,Percussion
David Nolan   Violin
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
Steve Sidelnyk   Drums
Tricky   Vocals
Dan Morris   Keyboards
Paul Willey   Violin
Philippa Ibbotson   Violin
Andrew Parker   Viola
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Trevor Sharpe   Drums
Cathy Giles   Cello
Ed Coxon   Violin
Joseph Frohlich   Violin
Peter Lockett   Percussion
Rosie Wetters   Strings
Steve Crittall   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Guitar Effects,Group Member
Alison Rogers   Background Vocals
Ned Scott   fender rhodes
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Clive Lander   Violin
Sophie Harris   Cello
Fabien Waltman   Keyboards
Natalia Bonner   Strings
Nick Bird   fender rhodes,Group Member
Manon Derome   Violin
Malcolm Strachan   Brass
Gordon Buchan   Violin
Lolene Everett   Background Vocals
Bea   Background Vocals
Alex McGowan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Group Member
Jason Rae   Brass
Atholl Ransem   Brass
Son of Dave   Mouth Organ
Dominic Toumos   Trumpet
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Daniel Wood   fender rhodes
Petra Jean Phillipson   Background Vocals
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Jonathan Williams   Cello
Ivo Jan van der Werff   Viola
John Bradbury   Violin

Technical Credits

David Arnold   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Jeff Foster   Engineer
David Holmes   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Martin Jenkins   Pro-Tools
Teo Miller   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Tricky   Composer,Programming,Producer,Contributor
Jake Davies   Producer,Engineer
Hugo Nicholson   Producer,Engineer
Steve Crittall   Composer
Martina Topley-Bird   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Steve Hilton   Programming
Fabien Waltman   Programming,Producer
Nick Bird   Composer
William Spong   Engineer
Amp 9   Producer
Alex McGowan   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Slides
Marlon Thaws   Programming

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