Anarchytecture is the practice of designing new models of expression and representation through creative and unconventional means. The idea is to take the power into your own hands and realize that each individual can achieve greatness by way of continuous education, skill-development, lifestyle discipline, fearlessness, self-confidence, and an overall focus on your goals or ambitions.
I have to admit, I haven’t listened to a single Skunk Anansie new song since my adored Post Orgasmic Chill and I can’t really explain why – probably the same way I unbelievably never knew Marilyn Manson did The High End Of Low until not long ago I saw someone posting it on Instagram, nonetheless, when I heard my first ever #womancrush (waaay before it was cool) and her band were working on their 6th studio album Anarchytecture, my inner 16 year old that was playing on repeat for hours on end ‘Charlie Big Potato’ got well excited and as you can imagine, my expectations for this album were pretty high.
I’m not saying I was disappointed, the album is overall interesting, catchy and badass, but I didn’t get the goosebumps that Hedonism, Secretly, Twisted, Squander, Weak and (my favourite, if you didn’t get the gist yet) Charlie Big Potato still give me to this day.
The album starts off with the first single released ‘Love Someone Else’ and they choose pretty well in my opinion as it is a classic Skunk Anasie song, starting with Cass’s commanding bass and following with Skin’s lusty lyrics – I feel the need to state the fact that this woman is 48 years old and she sounds and she looks exactly like when they first started back in 1996. She is the living proof that the old saying is indeed correct: black don’t crack!
One of my favourite song is ‘Victim’, it’s just beautifully haunting, but there is one thing that bugs me… who, in the right mind would make this amazing singer, songstress, DJ and (Duh!) model, suffer from love? Ok, I don’t know her in real life, she could be a colossal bitch, but if you have seen her last year at the Italian version of the X Factor where she was a judge, you wouldn’t think so – she is super sweet and she also speaks Italian! Something that my Australian boyfriend didn’t manage to even attempt in the almost 3-year that we have been together – yeah, I will never drop this Dan!!!
Last but not least I would like to spend a few words for ‘We Are The Flames’, a vibrant hymn to… I’m not sure what. I’ve never been good in interpreting songs, but buy the marching band style drum played by Mark and the few phrases I made sense of, they must be talking about either abuse or not being a sheep and making your own decision. Bottom line, go be a flame! Whatever that means.
Also honourable mention to ‘Death to the lovers’ because everybody, no matter how bad you think you are, love a nice ballad!
All in all this is an enjoyable record, even though the rage and the underdog feel of the album from the glorious 90s is gone – I guess when you are rich, famous and you don’t live in Brixton anymore you lose a bit of the edge. I’m still happy they had the time to come up with Anarchytecture as I will always be a fan and I’m GUTTED that won’t be in any of the country that are touring for any of the dates, I would have loved screaming my heads off singing ‘Charlie Big Potato’ with another hundreds of sweaty drunk fans. Yes, I mentioned ‘Charlie Big Potato’ again, get over it!
Written by Magali Fazio