Any Human Friend

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Any Human Friend
Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend.png
Studio album by
Released9 August 2019
RecordedKonk Studios, Coronet Studios, and Bayford Studio (London, England)
GenreIndie rock[1]
Length41:04
Label
Producer
Marika Hackman chronology
I'm Not Your Man
(2017)
Any Human Friend
(2019)

Any Human Friend is the third full-length studio album by English musician Marika Hackman. It was released on 9 August 2019 by AMF Records, Virgin EMI Records and Sub Pop.[2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.1/10[4]
Metacritic84/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[7]
Financial Times4/5 stars[8]
The Guardian5/5 stars[9]
The Independent4/5 stars[10]
The Observer4/5 stars[11]
Paste9.3/10[12]
Pitchfork7.3/10[13]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Uncut8/10[15]

Any Human Friend received positive reviews from critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 84, based on 15 reviews.[5]

Aimee Cliff of The Guardian praised the album, giving it a perfect score.[9] In her review for The Independent, Alexandra Pollard called Any Human Friend "a blunt, bold album on which Hackman's beatific voice sits atop methodically messy instrumentals."[10] Clare Martin of Paste gave the album a 9.3 out of 10, calling it "a treasure trove of zippy guitar hooks, glimmering synths and lemony vocals expertly curated by Hackman."[12] Writing for PopMatters, Chris Ingalls called it "a quantum leap forward for Hackman, as the more fully-formed, full-band arrangements add a welcome element to her sharp lyrical content. The music is biting and arresting yet never manages to distract from what she's singing about. Rather, it creates new and exciting dimensions to what would have probably been great songs even with simple acoustic guitar accompaniment."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Marika Hackman[16].

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Wanderlust"Marika Hackman3:17
2."The One"3:37
3."All Night"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
3:42
4."Blow"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
3:30
5."I'm Not Where You Are"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
3:46
6."Send My Love"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
5:20
7."Hand Solo"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
3:50
8."Conventional Ride"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
4:10
9."Come Undone"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
3:46
10."Hold On"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
2:52
11."Any Human Friend"
  • Hackman
  • Wrench
3:14
Total length:41:04

Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[16][17]

Musicians

  • Marika Hackman – vocals (all tracks), guitar (all tracks), bass guitar (2–11), synthesizer (2–11), piano (2, 4, 11), bells (7), drums (10), string arrangement (3, 7, 9–11)
  • David Wrench – percussion (2, 3, 7, 9, 11), Hammond organ (6), tambourine (8), theremin (8)
  • Jessica Batour – drums (2–9, 11)
  • Gillian Maguire – viola (3, 6, 7, 9–11), violin (3, 6, 7, 9–11)

Technical

  • Marika Hackman – production (all tracks), mixing (1), recording engineering (1)
  • David Wrench – production (2–11), mixing (2–11), recording engineering (2–11)
  • Grace Banks – assistant recording engineering (2, 4, 6, 7)
  • Matt Colton – mastering (all tracks)

Packaging

  • Joost Vandebrug – cover photography
  • Bridget Beorse – design
  • Dusty Summers – design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[18] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Marika Hackman Cranks Up the Volume and the Honesty with 'Any Human Friend'". PopMatters. August 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Marika Hackman Announces New Album, Any Human Friend". pastemagazine.com.
  3. ^ a b "Any Human Friend by Marika Hackman" – via music.apple.com.
  4. ^ "Any Human Friend by Marika Hackman reviews". www.anydecentmusic.com.
  5. ^ a b "Any Human Friend by Marika Hackman Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Any Human Friend - Marika Hackman | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  7. ^ McCormick, Neil (August 1, 2019). "Marika Hackman, Any Human Friend, review: this swaggering, sexy album is not for the faint-hearted" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  8. ^ Taylor, Sam (9 August 2019). "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend — sapphic smut delivered sweetly". Financial Times. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  9. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (August 9, 2019). "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend review – selfishness, sex and passion" – via www.theguardian.com.
  10. ^ a b "Marika Hackman's bold album Any Human Friend has a dark sexual energy". The Independent. August 7, 2019.
  11. ^ Joshi, Tara (August 11, 2019). "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend review – frank breakup album" – via www.theguardian.com.
  12. ^ a b "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend". pastemagazine.com.
  13. ^ "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend". Pitchfork.
  14. ^ "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend". Q. No. 402. September 2019. p. 111.
  15. ^ "Marika Hackman: Any Human Friend". Uncut. No. 268. September 2019. p. 27.
  16. ^ a b Any Human Friend (Media notes). Marika Hackman. London: AMF Records. 2019. AMFLP0013.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ "Any Human Friend di Marika Hackman - Musica - Universal Music Italia". www.universalmusic.it.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 August 2019.