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Skunk Anansie: Anarchytecture

Album Review

Veteran Britrockers paint their sixth album in 50 shades of disco, metal and glam rock.

In their 1990s prime, Skunk Anansie offered an exhilarating ‘clit rock’ alternative to the white boy-dominated ranks of Britrock. Two decades later, they remain a rare beacon among UK bands, a multiracial pop-metal quartet with a gay black female singer.

Of course, being different is no automatic measure of quality, and some of the band’s recent output has been decidedly pedestrian. But their main weapon of mass seduction is still frontwoman Skin, who has the brittle charisma of Grace Jones and Sinéad O’Connor combined: a potent mix of glamour, ferocity and vulnerability.

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