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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • ASIN: B00GP7E472
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Across The WaterNeneh Cherry 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Blank ProjectNeneh Cherry 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. NakedNeneh Cherry 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Spit Three TimesNeneh Cherry 4:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. WeightlessNeneh Cherry 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. CynicalNeneh Cherry 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. 422Neneh Cherry 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Out Of The Black (Album Version)Neneh Cherry featuring Robyn 5:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. DossierNeneh Cherry 5:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. EverythingNeneh Cherry 7:20£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Following last months announcement that Neneh Cherry will release her first solo album in 16 years a collaboration with RocketNumberNine, produced by Four Tet, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn, Neneh is now ready to share further details of this forthcoming record with the world. The 10-track album, recorded and mixed over a 5-day period, will be titled Blank Project, and it will be out February Monday 24th 2014 on Smalltown Supersound. It follows 2012 s The Cherry Thing, a collaborative record with free jazz, noise collective The Thing, which featured new versions of songs by The Stooges, MF Doom, Ornette Coleman, amongst others.

While her energy and demeanor may not have changed since the days of Rip Rig + Panic, musically, Blank Project is a departure from anything Neneh has previously done, initially written as a means of working through personal tragedy. What stands out upon first listen is the album s sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh's wildly poetic, sometimes-spoken, sometimes-screeching, soul-flooded and raw vocals. The space created by this minimal aesthetic leaves room for occasional pistes and flurries of rapid, yet throbbing and thunderous instrumentation. Featuring combined elements of beat poetry, avant-electronica and beautiful vocal melodies, it s a record that uses simple ideas to create something entirely original. Despite the personal struggles Neneh was working through in writing this new material, the songs are far from introverted.

As many are aware, the stories from Neneh's early years are astonishing. She spent her childhood living 50/50 between a loft in New York and in the South of Sweden with her mother and stepfather, the legendary jazz musician Don Cherry. She's been lifted onto Miles Davis lap, Allen Ginsberg regularly passed through their home in an evening and as she got older, she could pop in on Arthur Russell, Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers who all lived in the same loft complex in Long Island City, New York. At 14, she started taking trips to Harlem with Ari Up of the Slits at a time when few would venture so far uptown. Soon after, she left home and moved to London, and spent the next 20 years inside the crucial developments in British subculture. As post-punk became the site of 80's Britain s artistic and political resistance, she helped form the anarchic multi-ethnic, multi-genre Rip, Rig + Panic, and she was one of the first to bring hip-hop culture to a British audience with Buffalo Stance and Raw Like Sushi. Although at points her career had brushes with the mainstream, Neneh remained staunchly counter-culture.

Through post-punk s adherence to mixed-race line-ups and anti-government stance, to UK rap s refusal of the conventions of pop, trip-hop s connection with the politicized elements of rave culture and, through 1996 s Man, where Neneh introduced elements of Senegalese language to mainstream audiences for the first time via the mammoth 7 Seconds single featuring Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, and now, with Blank Project, Neneh continues to arrive at moments in musical history when there is an opportunity to subvert ideas of popular culture. She is subverting once again, only this time, although this record is musically bold, Neneh sees the stasis she s challenging isn't musical or societal, but her own.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
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1989: A young, sassy chick is singing/rapping about a "Manchild", boldly introducing herself with her ingenious, fiery, aptly-titled debut, "Raw like sushi". 2014: 25 years on, that same chick, inside the body of a 50 year-old woman, returning with her first solo material in 17 years, is breaking barriers once again. Recorded during a 5-day creative burst, in an attempt to retain its raw immediacy, this 10-track set is mixing it all up, stripped down to a level of a stunning simplicity, exactly where the heart of its pure genius and brilliance lies. Amidst sparse melodies, soulful beats and electronic backdrops, experimenting with sounds and textures, Neneh Cherry reconnects with her roots while forging a future progression, being adventurous, riveting, undimmed by age. Addressing personal and social issues, it seems as if she is making up for previous years, and most of what has been going through her mind. And, although it arose from a personal tragedy, and her grieving for her mother's passing back in 2009 is evident lyrically, "Blank project" is neither pessimistic nor death-focused. Neneh's motive is to make listeners feel rather than merely sympathise with her emotional nakedness. Due to her forceful personality, and assisted by the intensity of her plainspoken delivery of the material, she totally succeeds in doing so. Clearly not for eveyone to enjoy and appreciate, "Blank project" will reward generously those willing to experience this unique musical treat. It took more than just "7 Seconds" to return, but she was worth waiting for.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Big Twink on 18 Mar. 2014
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Great album and a very unexpected pleasant surprise. Neneh Cherry has produced a funky, cool, spikey pop classic that does not compromise to commerciality but is still full of enough hooks to draw you in. I found it fresh and vital from the first listen, with the percussion in particular being superbly produced and propelling the whole thing forward. The instrumentation is minimalist, but the album is all the better for it, allowing the drum grooves and Ms Cherry's vocals to shine. This will be one of the best of the year, no question.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Miss I. F. Maclean on 2 April 2014
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I have loved everything this lady has ever produced, not least because she always chooses to stay away from commercial categorisation. Her upbringing and influences have always enmeshed themselves into her music and every time you listen to one of her albums, you discover something you hadn't noticed before. Raw Like Sushi means more to me in my thirties than it did in my teens. Blank Project takes a few listens. At first it shocks you, maybe annoys you. The next time you play it, you realise that it's starting to unfold and you get it. You get her sounds more and more till you can't remember what it was that irked you and you realise you've gone through some kind of aural learning process. Neneh pushes you to explore sounds. In this album, she asks you to come with her on a very private journey following the death of her mother Moki. In an interview she says her grief became so heavy she was unable to tie her shoes. You feel that on this album. What you also sense is the spirit of an enormously positive woman who still wants to break through and come out fresh! The gritty punk beats, muffled bass, slick hints of dnb and Old Orleans funeral drums cascade through you and you know you have experienced a very fine recording from a very soulful, elegant, sassy and proud woman who is awesome in her 50th year!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. I. M on 21 Mar. 2014
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Neneh Cherry has made an album that is fresh and deep. Reflective lyrics, driving bass lines, meditative, sparse arrangements. A creative collaboration that really feels like it's brought out the best in all those involved.
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Surprising how well this works. Some great sparse beats/electro/noodling as background and Neneh Cherry's very distinctive vocals. Love the song about the certain 'time of the month'. Any man or woman for that matter would be very understanding.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John J. Martinez on 24 Feb. 2014
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This may be Neneh Cherry's first solo album in over 16 years, but I guarantee you she's been more active as a collaborator and producer since the mid-1980's. Now it's come around to her turn to step up to the mike, and she's dropping the new album "Blank Project," which sounds more like an experiment than album.

Neneh's first album "Raw Like Sushi" exploded out of the gates back in 1989, and although the record labels she's been with wanted more pop-friendly, she was one of the few artists to have kept it real and produce more wonderful music than any of her counterparts since. She has gone on to collaborate with an amazing array of world artists in many different genres, and has always been busy, but this is her time, and this is her current vision.

This album has quite the pedigree in terms of help - it's a cross-collaboration with longtime friends RocketNumberNine, with acclaimed producer Four Tet at the helm, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn - and as an album, it pounds out of the speakers with an amazing bit of one or two mellow jams mixed in with hard house beats and amazing words.

The music itself seems to be a couple of drums and a few synthesizers to assist her, but they compliment each other so elegantly. It's tribal on one end and modern and jazzy with fresh beats on the other. There are tracks here for everyone to enjoy. Not bad for a 10-track album that was recorded and mixed over a breezy 5-day period.

Here's my 5 second review each of the songs on the album:

01. Across The Water - the mellow bump of Neneh's tribal drums versus her jazz riffs about what really goes on in the night is a classy tribute to her stepfather, jazz legend Don Cherry.
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