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Raw Like Sushi [CD]

Neneh Cherry Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000000WGT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Buffalo Stance (12'' Version)
2. Manchild
3. Kisses On The Wind
4. Inna City Mamma
5. The Next Generation
6. Love Ghetto
7. Heart
8. Phoney Ladies
9. Outre Risque Locomotive
10. So Here I Come
11. My Bitch
12. Heart (It's A Demo)
13. Buffalo Stance (Sukka Mix)
14. Manchild (Old School Mix)

Product Description

Defiant, sexy, playful, nervy, womanly, and wise, 1988's Raw Like Sushi was the opening salvo in Neneh Cherry's brilliant, if woefully underappreciated, career. The hit "Buffalo Stance," with its reworking of Malcolm McLaren's Buffalo Gals vibe, found Cherry erroneously labeled as a rap artist. True enough, there are hip-hop elements on Raw Like Sushi, as well as pop, electronic, R&B, and dance, all gleefully mixed up in a progressive melange of beats, cultures, emotions, and grooves. Besides being fierce, funky, and one of the best debuts in memory, Raw Like Sushi helped redefine what women could do in the rigid realm of late-'80s African American music, and it sounds as good today as it did the day it was released. --Amy Linden

BBC Review

These days Neneh Cherry seems as happy to be known for her cooking as for her music. But back in 1989 she took the world by storm when she served up Raw Like Sushi, an intercontinental melting pot of rap, soul and pop influences that yielded hit singles Buffalo Stance, Manchild and Kisses On The Wind.

Born in Sweden to a highly bohemian family (musician father and stepfather, artist mother) and gaining an impressive pre-fame musical pedigree (rubbing shoulders with such reggae royalty as Bim Sherman in Adrian Sherwood's New Age Steppers) Neneh's feisty femininity breathed life into late 80s chart scene. Though other successes would follow - most notably international smash 7 Seconds with Youssou N'dour - she would never recreate the impact of her debut.

Much of that impact can be attributed to starting the album with the biggest tunes. Buffalo Stance, with its undulating synths, ''You go girl!'' sentiments and killer hooks is every bit the floor-filler it was ten years ago. The offbeat, ambient ballad Manchild (co-written with Massive Attack's 3D) showcases Cherry's maternal side, while the Cuban-tinged Kisses On The Wind's autobiographical words give an intriguing insight into a young girl who wanted to be remembered for more than just her incredible looks.

The quality does dip a little once we get past the hits, with lots of sub-Prince keyboard funk and mocked up party FX. The straight rap tunes have dated the most, but Neneh's lyrics are a hoot - slamming together pop culture and pop psychology with endearing results. Compared to the raunch of today's charts, her attitudes are unusually tame (''My body is clean but my mind is bad'', ''he wasn't impressed cause I wouldn't get undressed'') valuing love, monogamy and genuineness above all else. Other plusses include a nice nod to her reggae past on duet My Bitch - when Gilly G breaks into the first verse of Leroy Smart's Happiness Is My Desire - and some stripped down remixes of the singles which give the album a closing lift. Frontloaded it may be, yet most of Raw Like Sushi still sounds fresh. --Angus Taylor

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut 2 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
When Neneh Cherry burst onto the scene in 1989 with this superb debut, she really did open the gates for the many hip-hop artists who found a wider audience in her wake. What set Cherry apart at the time, however, and still sets her apart in retrospect today, is the quality of the writing, which is front and centre above the spot-on musical production that lies underneath.

Whether it's the irresistible strut of 'Buffalo Stance', the bittersweet lullaby of 'Manchild', the power pop of 'Kisses on the Wind' or the addictive anger of 'Inner City Mamma' (all huge hits), Cherry's often painful, sometimes tongue in cheek, but ultimately triumphant autobiographical themes give the whole affair a real shot of authenticity and insight, a depth which is rare in this genre of music, or any other for that matter. She can move from pathos to comedy in one line, and then straight back again, playful, beguiling, confessional, uplifting, revealing - it's all here, and abundant in every glorious track.

None of the few yet superlative projects that followed quite caught the refreshingly brash, youthful and exuberant energy of Cherry like this one did, and this makes 'Raw Like Sushi' an album to be truly cherished by the artist herself and music-lovers everywhere.

A must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift 29 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My daughter-in-law had this CD 'back in the day' and had lost it but loved it. She was over the moon to receive it on Christmas Day. It was a good price and arrived quickly
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4.0 out of 5 stars REFRESHING WITTY RAPPING 19 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
Neneh Cherie's contribution in the early nineties infused hip hop with some fresh humor and intelligence, sometimes with a feminist slant. The track My Bitch is a sassy duet with a male vocal and has a lovely twist in the tale. Phoney Ladies is a bouncy pop number whilst the soulful Manchild consists of alternating singing and rapping parts. The real gem of the album is Buffalo Stance, the most original rap of the early nineties. Its infectious beat, streetwise lyrics and innovative instrumentation form an intoxicating brew for the ears and feet. Heart is likewise a bouncy and tuneful number with pop appeal whilst Kisses On The Wind has a Latin flavour and Spanish vocals in its appealing mix. With its jerky rhythm and party atmosphere, Outré Risqé Locomotive is the perfect club track. In her cheeky, compassionate and clever music, Neneh Cherry brought a new poetic lyricism to rap; this album remains a minor classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of those classics from back in the day 16 Nov 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Surely everyone should have this in their collection and if you don't or gave it to the charity shop ages ago, then buy it now. This has album got to go along with the like of De La Souls and Soul to Soul, perhaps that was just down to a great era for music. Favourites on here have to be 'Buffalo Stance', 'Manchild' and 'Inna City Mama'. Neneh is a God!
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5.0 out of 5 stars my fave cheery album 9 Jan 2014
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I really liked this album , it is of it s time but well worth a listen if it is cheap enought
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like I remember 22 Jun 2013
By Beauty
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I chose this album because I heard a track on the radio and had it on tape and I don't have a tape player any more. Its still good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of personality and late 80s break beats! 11 Feb 2013
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Funky and fun. It's just personality, personality, personality. It's a really well paced album. Even the remixes are worth a listen. It's quite teenage in places, but great for a hit of the late 80s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buffalo stance 31 Jan 2013
By sarah
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
love this album
only wanted it for buffalo stance
however the whole album is fantastic.
well worth the money .
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5.0 out of 5 stars like i
kool 4 skool loved nenah cos i left skool year later cool...............she still sexy even though she had 4 kids or sommat??
Published 19 months ago by jezz45
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
A classic turning point for music, changing the opinions of many a committed guitar fan. Neneh Cherry's rocker past is evident in her assertive lyrics, but her journey into hip-hop... Read more
Published on 11 July 2012 by Rebecca NT
4.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power!
Summer 1989: sunshine is enticed to Earth by a chart full of sisterly splendour. There's Paris Gray's classy techno (Inner City), there's Caron Wheeler's royal R&B (Soul II Soul),... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Bruno MacDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw like sushi
One of my favourite recording artists as a young teenager. A great gift for anybody in their early thirties who enjoys listening to old skool hip hop and rap. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2009 by EmmyLou77
5.0 out of 5 stars come back Neneh!
this albulm is one of my all time favorites i feel im one of her biggest fans its my dreem 2 meet her thats wishfull thinking i know anyway i would recommend this 2 anybody i feel... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2007 by Victoria
1.0 out of 5 stars ho hum
When i was eleven this was an awesome album... now its aged badly and fairly mediocre. There is no denying the genius of buffalo stance or manchild although the rest of the album... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2005 by Richard J. Hannan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
RAW LIKE SUSHI is the early 1990's debut album of English singer/rapper Neneh Cherry (incidentally, Neneh is the step-daughter of Jazz artist Don Cherry, and the sister of... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2004 by Andrew Parodi
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