Quixotic (album)

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Martina topley-bird quixotic.jpg
Studio album by
Released14 July 2003
GenreTrip hop, electronic, indie rock
ProducerMartina Topley-Bird
Amp 9 (Nick Bird, Steve Crittall, Alex McGowan)
David Holmes
Martina Topley-Bird chronology
The Blue God
Singles from Quixotic
  1. "Need One"
    Released: 2 June 2003
  2. "Anything"
    Released: 1 September 2003
  3. "I Still Feel (promo)"
  4. "Soul Food"
Alternative cover
Anything cover art
Anything cover art
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Hot Press4.5/5 stars link
The Guardian2/5 stars[2]
The Independent4/5 stars[3]
entertainment.ie4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media(5.9/10)[4]
The Times3/5 stars[5]
Uncut2/5 stars[6]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[9]

Quixotic is the debut album by English singer-songwriter Martina Topley-Bird. The album spans several musical styles including trip-hop, electronic and rock. It was co-written and produced by Topley-Bird and received positive reviews from music critics upon its release and was shortlisted for the 2003 Mercury Music Prize. Quixotic also includes a collaboration with musician Tricky, with whom Topley-Bird collaborated prior to her solo work.

Quixotic was released in the United States one year later, in 2004. Licensed to the Palm Pictures label, the album was retitled Anything and the track list was altered – including the omission of three tracks originally found on Quixotic. Additionally, the "Intro" track was moved to the end of the album and retitled "Outro".

Track listing[edit]


2."Need One"Topley-Bird, Amp 93:55
3."Anything"Nick Bird, Steve Crittall4:25
4."Soul Food"Topley-Bird, Amp 95:32
5."Lullaby"Topley-Bird, Amp 94:23
6."Too Tough to Die"Topley-Bird, Holmes3:58
7."Sandpaper Kisses"Topley-Bird, Amp 93:52
8."Ragga"Topley-Bird, Tricky3:15
10."I Wanna Be There"Topley-Bird, Amp 91:54
11."I Still Feel"Topley-Bird, Amp 95:21
13."Stevie's (Day's of a Gun)"Topley-Bird, Amp 94:32


  1. "Anything"
  2. "Ragga"
  3. "Need One"
  4. "Soul Food"
  5. "Ilya"
  6. "I Still Feel"
  7. "Sandpaper Kisses"
  8. "Too Tough to Die"
  9. "Lullaby"
  10. "Outro"

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Mark Lanegan performs additional vocals and Josh Homme plays additional guitar on "Need One"
  • David Holmes co-wrote and produced "Too Tough to Die" and mixed "I Wanna Be There"
  • Tricky produced, co-wrote music/lyrics and his vocals are featured on "Ragga". He also did some producing and additional programming on a few more tracks.
  • David Arnold co-produced and arranged strings on "Stevie's (Day's of a Gun)"
  • Cath Coffey performed backing vocals on some of the tracks


  • "Need One"
  • "Anything"
  • "I Still Feel"
  • "Soul Food"


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Albums Chart 70
French Albums Chart 58

Appearances in media[edit]

  • "Lullaby" was used in the campaign for juice powder Clight (in Brazil), later used in advertisements for Kenzo's fragrance Flower.
  • "Sandpaper Kisses" is featured on the soundtrack of the video game Fahrenheit (known as Indigo Prophecy in North America).
  • "Need One" appears on the CSI: Miami soundtrack (released in 2004) after the song was used in the episode "Blood Brothers".
  • "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "Soulfood" (Charles Webster's Banging House Dub) were featured on The O.C.
  • Samples of "Sandpaper Kisses" are prominently featured in Stephen Marley's "You're Gonna Leave" from his 2007 release Mind Control.
  • It is also featured in Canadian artist The Weeknd's second 2011 mixtape, Thursday on "The Birds Part 2".
  • "Too Tough to Die" was used as the opening theme song of the Thandie Newton series, Rogue, during its first season.


  1. ^ Tim DiGravina. "Quixotic > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  2. ^ Maddy Costa (11 July 2003). "CD: Martina Topley Bird: Quixotic". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Album: Martina Topley-Bird - Reviews, Music". The Independent. 11 July 2003. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  4. ^ Mark Pytlik (1 March 2004). "Album Reviews: Martina Tople-Bird: Quixotic". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  5. ^ David Sinclair (4 July 2003). "Martina Topley-Bird: Quixotic review". The Times. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Martina Topley-Bird - Quixotic - Review". Uncut. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  7. ^ Dave Thompson. "Anyting > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  8. ^ James Hunter (19 August 2004). "Martina Topley-Bird: Anything : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  9. ^ Alan Ranta. "Martina Topley-Bird - Anything". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 24 October 2009.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Martina Topley Bird - Quixotic - Music Charts

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