Skin – Fleshwounds

Skunk Anansie vocalist goes it alone

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As vocalist for rap-metal rockers Skunk Anansie, the towering, black, bald and sexually ambiguous Skin became an iconic focus for UK rock during the late ’90s. Her shouty, polemical style was frequently countered by softer, more personally expressive moments, and both sides of her vocal character are exercised on her solo debut. A host of interesting guests appear?David Kosten of Faultline (as producer), Ben Christophers (piano) and film director Mike Figgis (trumpet on “You’ve Made Your Bed”)?but Skin somehow sounds too big for her new role, and a strained adventurousness results.

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