Skunk Anansie have that type of sound that isn’t quite like anything else and they’re not afraid of doing just that. For that purpose, it’s possible to view it as an acquired taste. However, because they’ve been around for such a long time though, a lot of people have actually managed to acquire that taste. Now the band are ready to jump back in with album number six Anarchytecture.
Anarchytecture begins rather upbeat with ‘Love Someone Else’, with its funk beat creating a very twisted dance atmosphere. There are certain instances during the song, like after the first chorus, that’s very reminiscent of music used in American Horror Story to build an air of mystery. Tracks like ‘Beauty Is Your Curse’ and ‘Bullets’ are great rock anthems to jam out to. “Nothing’s gonna stop her, nothing’s gonna stop you either” the latter will have you singing along during its chorus.
There are a lot of different vibes throughout the record, but one thing that’s evident throughout is the talent of vocal powerhouse Skin, who truly is at the core of these tracks. She is so versatile it’s a wonder that everything on this record is done by the same person. There’s no denying that she would not be able to do any of this without the help of her musical counterparts, as instrumental interlude ‘Suckers!’ will undoubtedly point out; but it’s definitely not difficult to understand how she’s become so praised on her art. This is especially evident during ballads like ‘Death To The Lovers’ and the very emotional closer ‘I’ll Let You Down’, which are both completely drenched in emotions.
Final verdict: very different, but in the good way. Definitely worth marking its release date on your calendar so you can be sure be to pick it up. Just for the record, Skunk Anansie, you didn’t let us down.