Anglo For Your Ear: Martina Topley-Bird’s “Anything”

As Tricky‘s moll and muse back in the ’90s, Martina Topley-Bird was the voice of trip-hop. She found her own voice as a solo artist in 2003 when she released her debut album, Quixotic. Sadly, her work has been unduly ignored. Pity. “Anything” was one of that album’s highlights. Sad and orchestral, it sounds like a slowed-down James Bond theme. (And the video features an homage to that writhing, gold-encrusted woman in the opening to Goldfinger.)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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