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Fleshwounds
     

Fleshwounds

by Skin
 

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Skunk Anansie was never genre-bound. Freely incorporating towering metal mayhem, electronic darkness, elegiac, fluttery soul, and the barely contained force of vocalist Skin's presence and politics, the band was forever flailing against the cage of convention. Skunk Anansie dissolved in 2001, and Skin took a hiatus from music. She has reemerged

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Skunk Anansie was never genre-bound. Freely incorporating towering metal mayhem, electronic darkness, elegiac, fluttery soul, and the barely contained force of vocalist Skin's presence and politics, the band was forever flailing against the cage of convention. Skunk Anansie dissolved in 2001, and Skin took a hiatus from music. She has reemerged with Fleshwounds, an album of broken- (and open-) hearted love songs that, even if it doesn't coil and snap like the most caustic of Skunk's material, still crackles smartly with Skin's copyrighted singularity. Drawing vocally on the vulnerability in Skunk Anansie's earthier moments ("Infidelity [Only You]" or "Brazen [Weep]," both from 1996's Stoosh), Skin here turns in a startlingly honest performance that suggests Roberta Flack fronting an urbanized version of Radiohead. "Listen to Yourself" and "Faithfulness" both run on a claustrophobic groove built from junkyard guitar and skittering anti-beats, while Skin sings beautifully over the top about issues not political, but intensely personal. It's obvious that a relationship came and went during her post-Skunk break; Fleshwounds is written largely in the first person, and lines like "Love abuse is just a test/Then sad old love songs/Stick the knife in/Deeper everyday" don't necessarily suggest a happy ending. But they're cathartic, and delivered the way one would confide in a close friend, making the album not so dark as it might have been. (Ben Christophers' warm piano flirting with the beats of tracks like "You've Made Your Bed" helps humanize, too.) If there's a knock on Fleshwounds, it's this constant convergence of the organic and electronic -- some listeners might be put off by producer David Korsten's preference for squelch and laptop squiggles, sounds that maybe aren't as original as they once were. At the same time, "Don't Let Me Down" features gentle acoustic guitar figures, an understated trap kit, and one of Skin's most delicately raw vocal performances. Fleshwounds surely won't please everyone, if only because of her previous group's chronic schizophrenia. But Skin deserves credit for revealing a little of the person -- the woman -- behind the bald, booted persona that would have been her legacy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2003
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0724358415926
catalogNumber:
584159

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Performance Credits

Skin   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gail Ann Dorsey   Electric Bass,Tambourine
Ian Thomas   Drums
Guy Chambers   Piano,Keyboards
Marius de Vries   Keyboards
Terry Edwards   Trumpet
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Mike Figgis   Trumpet
Drusilla Harris   Violin
Cass Lewis   Electric Bass
Milton McDonald   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Phil Spalding   Bass
Michael Kearsey   Trombone
Danny Thompson   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Faultline   Piano,Glockenspiel,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Fay Lovsky   Theremin
Ben Christophers   Piano,Electric Guitar,Wurlitzer
Richard Jupp   Drums
Jacob Golden   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Darrin Mooney   Drums
Gavin Bowes   Drums
Augusta Harris   Cello
Craig Ross   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ
Gary OToole   Drums

Technical Credits

Dave Bascombe   Producer
Guy Chambers   Producer
Marius de Vries   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Flo   Producer
Martin Phillipps   Programming
Cenzo Townshend   Engineer
Andy Saunders   Programming,Engineer
Alexis Smith   Programming,Engineer
Aidan Love   Programming
Faultline   Programming,Producer
Richard Flack   Producer,Engineer

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