- Audio CD (19 Oct. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Distribution
- ASIN: B003ZZAYB2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Some Place Simple
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No question about it, Martina Topley Bird's singing holds a key to some classic British pop hers is the voice of Tricky's masterwork Maxinquaye; she duetted with Roots Manuva on the last Gorillaz; and she currently sings with Massive Attack. Prior to Some Place Simple, her two solo albums are the Mercury-nominated Quixotic, and the critically-acclaimed Danger Mouse production The Blue God. Her collaborators range from Common, to Diplo, to Leila. Still, whilst Martina might need no such introduction in this context, her debut album for Honest Jon's is a radical departure. Equally, although Some Place Simple presents a kind of songbook, combining brand new compositions with old favourites, everything here sounds fresh. The trip hop stripped away, the music is intimate and alive, uncovered. 'The idea for this record came from Damon Albarn after he saw the live show supporting Massive Attack last September in Brixton. Other friends had encouraged me to make a record in this constellation but he was the first to recognise the validity of including songs that had already been released in a previous incarnation. And that's what makes this unique. A fresh perspective.' MTB Recorded over one week at Damon's Studio 13 with musical cohort Fergus Gerrand, Some Place Simple is a jewel, a streamlined, spacious record that throws the spotlight exactly where it should be: on Martina's lovely melodies and fine songwriting, and the voice wrapped round them warm, limber and totally unmistakeable. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Mr Tricky and Massive Attack are pretty serious credentials
but 'Some Place Simple' strips away the layers of past
collaborations to reveal a singer and songwriter of
singular and enchanting facility and subdued passion.
Ms Topley-Bird has a voice which could have stepped out
of a book of fairy tales. The magical fragility of her
gentle tone and economically deployed vibrato give these
fifteen compositions a facinating otherworldly quality.
The project is substantially a reimagining of previous
songs but also delivers a few toothsome new ones too.
Jump straight to 'Da Da Da' for a delightful example of
her quirky imagination and subtle craft. The song sounds as
though she has donned an elfin dress and stepped into a musical
box where she performs the wordless melody whilst simultaneously
spinning yarn from the silver threads of spider webs. (Honestly!)
'Poison' is stripped-down latin invention full of canny
percussion and some dangerously long pauses for her voice
to fall in and out of but Ms T-B doesn't miss a single beat.
The rolling hurdy-gurdy-like accompaniment of 'Snowman'
brings some darker and more mysterious colours into the mix.
The creepy dream-like atmosphere generated by the unsettling
vocal somehow brought the final song, 'Der Leiermann', from
Franz Schubert's 1827 song-cycle 'Winterreise' to mind.
The angular down-beat blues of 'Sandpaper Kisses' is a
simply wonderful composition. Ms T-P demonstrates both the
high and low ends of her substantial vocal range and the
restrained power she can call upon to make make shivers run
up and down our spines.Read more ›
blind date with Martina
now she's so on repeat
some unholy implausible cross
between Bjork and Nick Drake
and I'm thinking of having kids
but it's waaaaay too late...
Buy it dude :).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly as described, arrived on time, well packaged, excellent condition. Love this lady and her gorgeous voice, glad she's stuck to her very individual style of music writing,... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Dom Digby
Lovely voice (which I only knew from her work with Tricky) with a low-key background of various accoustic instruments adds up to a beautiful set of songs. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2011 by A. O'Carroll