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Quixotic

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2003
  • Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
  • EAN: 5099751206422
  • Catalog Number: 512064
  • Sales rank: 256,250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:11)
  2. 2 Need One (3:55)
  3. 3 Anything (4:25)
  4. 4 Soul Food (5:32)
  5. 5 Lullaby (4:22)
  6. 6 Too Tough to Die (3:57)
  7. 7 Sandpaper Kisses (3:52)
  8. 8 Ragga (3:15)
  9. 9 Lying - Tricky & Sean (4:14)
  10. 10 I Wanna Be There (1:53)
  11. 11 I Still Feel (5:20)
  12. 12 Ilya (4:38)
  13. 13 Stevie's (Day's of a Gun) (4:31)
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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
John Bradbury 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, 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, Guitar, 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
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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