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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
Quixotic
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 September 2015
Just re-bought this lovely classic album - quirky, interesting, soulful and a gorgeous listen from start to finish. The songs are very eclectic
from soft rock, quirky pop and interesting electronica but all run smoothly together with her unique voice and clever lyrics.
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on 10 May 2017
Was released way back in 2004 !! Still sounds fresh and new today.. Martina has beautiful vocals and fine written songs .. 😘
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on 31 August 2017
Cool artist, good album.
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on 22 July 2003
"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.
Wow.
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on 26 September 2003
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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on 26 August 2003
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
listen.
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on 24 July 2009
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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VINE VOICEon 25 July 2003
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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on 1 September 2003
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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on 21 October 2003
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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