To the thrill of the industry and fans alike, Anything is filled with the production stylings of Trickys best experimental works (although the production credits are varied), as well as Martinas own brilliant songwriting and introspective lyrics.
Lets listen though each track now so that I might give you some insight into what I hear in this work.
The title track for Anything is a deeply intimate introduction for the album and features an extremely stripped and bare arrangement between Martina and acoustic guitar.The drums for most of the album are brushes, very light and intelligent, and set extremely far back in the mix.
As RAGGA begins, we hear the growling vocals of Tricky himself. Martina comes in as the duet continues over an extremely intelligent acoustic jungle arrangement. Her words blur together and slide off her tongue as if they were honey. Her sly and sexy vocal arrangement nearly blends with the percussion in a most unique way. The track is not only brilliant, but one might call it uncanny.
Every artists record has a rock song on it, whether they are rock artists or not. NEED ONE is Anythings rock anthem. Arranged with the usual guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, and electronica smartness, Need One brings its head-nodding pop-catchiness to the table for all to indulge.
SOUL FOOD is just that. Shining with radiant live instrumentation, this song showcases Martinas soul-fueled essence.
ILYA has that "Tricky / Nearly God" feel to it, very dark, and brings the listener back down to the underground from whence the artist came. The weeping string arrangements that accompany the distorted experimental clicks and bubbles create a groove difficult to deny.
"I am too tough to die" is the reverbd-out spaghetti western cinema sample that opens the track TOO TOUGH TO DIE. The sweeping melodies that inhabit I STILL FEEL are also hard to deny. Martinas knowledge of standard songwriting technique is insightful and can be found hidden around this track, as well throughout the entire album. The listener is made to feel the "high" of this song as the angel sings about life and the immediate.
SANDPAPER KISSES is another dark and lovely treasure to be discovered herein. The arrangement is as simply beautiful as the subtle and genius melody Martina has set. This track will most certainly become a favorite among the critics and fans alike.
A creaking rocking chair can be heard in the background, gently swaying to the Cole Porter styled melody and gentle strumming of the acoustic guitar found in LULLABY. This track is by far the most beautiful and well-written song on the entire album. Martinas voice is entrancing and the lyrics give insight into the exquisiteness and splendor of the artist herself.
OUTRO is a simple and swinging spiritual recorded at Martinas flat - what wonderful way to end the album.
The album as a whole features production and contributions from Tricky, David Holmes, Queens of the Stone Age, David Arnold, and Martinas brother Nick Bird. The Trickyish production stylings on many of the tracks may have been a safe bet for the newly freed solo artist, but I rather believe that the post-rock style found within is actually embedded in the Art and Soul of Martina herself.
Bravo Martina, Bravo.