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Quixotic [CD]

Martina Topley-Bird Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Independiente
  • ASIN: B0000A0UB0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,240 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Intro 1:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Need One 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anything 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Soulfood 5:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lullaby 4:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Too Tough To Die 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sandpaper Kisses 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ragga 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Lying 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Wanna Be There 1:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Still Feel 5:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Iyla 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Stevie's (Days Of A Gun) 4:320.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

For a debut album, Martina Topley Bird's Quixotic comes with a staggering weight of expectation. If her name is only vaguely familiar, her drunken twilight whisper is unmistakable. First heard on Tricky's genre-defining debut Maxinquaye and the subsequent albums Pre-Millennium Tension and Angels with Dirty Faces, hers is arguably the voice of trip hop. Working with Bristol's voice of doom has left a tough legacy to live up to. Amazingly, Quixotic far exceeds it. It's a phenomenally sensual album, full of the thick atmospheres, moody swaggers and dark undercurrents that she and Tricky were once synonymous with, but here they're married to equally mesmerising songs. Hence "Lullaby" and "Days of a Gun" are as memorable for their beautiful melodies as they are for their respective backing tracks of drowsy porch light blues and caressing synths.

Meanwhile, an eclectic list of collaborators line up to add a touch of malevolence to her slumber-like vocals. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme provides the lumbering rock for first single "Need One", DJ/Producer David Holmes digs out some swampy blues samples and demonic slide guitars for "Too Tough to Die" and Tricky himself adds his trademark claustrophobia to twisted love song "Ragga". And as if all that wasn't enough, thanks to monumental orchestration from James Bond composer David Arnold, the smothering "Soulfood" is possibly the most powerful, glorious and humbling soul ballad ever. --Dan Gennoe

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The more I listen, the more I find 22 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Martina Topley Who?" you might be wondering, but probably not for much longer. This fantastic and long-awaited album truly deserves its rave reviews and Mercury nomination.
Martina's cross-genre talents soon become obvious in "Quixotic", her debut solo album. The deep south blues of 'Intro' lead into the catchy first single from the album, 'Need One'. PJ Harvey would be proud of the intensity and fire emitted by 'I Wanna Be There' and yet 'Anything' is so touching. Ragga's trippy-Tricky percussional pitter-patter defies the listener to remain apart from the music's energy, and swathes of luxuriating David Arnold arranged strings complete 'Stevie's (Days of a Gun)' and the album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 26 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is absolutely beautiful. The songs are honest and the lyrics soulful. I especially love 'Anything' and 'Soul Food'. This is lovely music to chill out to and relax, especially if you're not having a good day and you want to escape for a while. I would recommend this record to anyone who enjoys listening to harmonious, velvety smooth music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to be heard to be believed 26 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
To say the LP is eclectic is an understatement, there are swirling and giant fuzz guitars,sumptuous strings arrangements and a dynamic mix of beats. The tracks range from Delta Blues, Nu Metal, Electronica to Ragga, through all these is one common factor................. Martina, if an angel had a voice then this would be it, put Beth Gibbons, Roberta Flack, Heather smalls and Norah Jones together and maybe just maybe. Martina could send a thousand crying babies into a deep slumber and within the next breath bring hardened criminals to their knee's in tears or running for the hills with fear. This is a fine,fine
album that deserves the Mercury and top ten status. Just have a
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and wonderful 24 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Martina has a whistful voice on most tracks, but sometimes exudes more power. This album defies genre because it has a large range of genres, somehow all tied together with a force of the singer's personality. Rock, groundbeat, rockabilly, electronica...they are all here. I would urge anyone and everyone to buy this album without even needing to listen first, it is that good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fabulous debut 25 July 2003
By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
a great debut album. her voice and lyrics are exceptionally good. i really enjoyed this album, the work she did with tricky doesnt really prepare you for how good her lyrics and voice are. i was pleasantly surprised. this is a good album to take a chance on......
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing 1 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
From the beginning right till the end, there is something in this album, for everyone. The QOTSA assisted Need One just shows how much talent this girl has to make rocky type songs, followed up by a bit more cheesy "Anything", still showing off all the talent.
Highlights for me are Too tough to die, and the final song, Stevie's (Days of a gun). She couldnt have made the album much better, and its a fine fine debut. Her not winning the Mercury Music Prize would be insane. 5 stars
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quixotic 21 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is just gorgeous. From the opening notes of the Intro until the close of the final song, it is an amazingly accomplished debut, filled with Topley-Bird's unique sound.
If you want something to just lose yourself in for a while, then it's a cracking album. Just go and buy it. Buy it now because it's just fantastic. Not been out of my CD player for a while now. If she doesn't win the Mercury then it will be a travesty.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beutiful soul/indie/nu-metal/rock music 31 July 2003
By "ssdc1"
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic music. In turns soulful, rocky, and just completely beautiful. This album is way more innovative then anything else which has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Martina has created an album which builds on the music she created with Tricky. And then there's that voice...
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