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The Cherry Thing [VINYL]

Neneh Cherry, The Thing Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (25 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • ASIN: B007NWCY8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cashback - Neneh Cherry
2. Dream Baby Dream - Suicide
3. Too Tough To Die - Martina Topley-Bird
4. Sudden Movement - Mats Gustafsson
5. Accordion - MF Doom
6. Golden Heart - Don Cherry
7. Dirt - The Stooges
8. What Reason - Ornette Coleman

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BBC Review

It would be wrong to suggest that Neneh Cherry has been a recluse for the last 16 years. Since her last solo album, 1996’s Man, she has performed with cirKus and contributed honeyed vocals to tracks by Gorillaz, Timo Maas and Kleerup. However, this album feels like enough of a return of a much-missed prodigal talent to warrant the slaughter of a fatted calf.

On paper, a collaboration between Cherry and Swedish/Norwegian free improv trio The Thing seems like an obvious thing. Her father, avant-garde trumpet player Don Cherry, was the primary inspiration for the formation The Thing, the trio taking its name from one of Cherry senior’s compositions and originally playing nothing but his songs. But listeners could be forgiven for worrying how these disparate sonic elements would fit together in practice.

Well worry no more as The Cherry Thing is certainly one of the most enjoyable and original albums of the year – even if it contains mainly covers. This is the first time The Thing have worked with a vocalist and it’s enjoyable to hear them battling against their natural inclination to blast through the songs with full ferocity.

Cherry mainly abandons her pop/soul style to indulge in glorious improvisation herself. Most of these songs were recorded live, making the most of Mats Gustafsson’s muscular and wild sax playing, and nowhere is this more apparent than on a cover of rapper MF DOOM’s Accordion. Here, Cherry yells, wheedles, sings, whispers and threatens the words into existence.

Other highlights include a respectful cover of Don Cherry’s Golden Heart and a punchy, raucous run through The Stooges’ Dirt. But the real revelation is the version of Suicide’s Dream Baby Dream. Some decades after the seedy electronic punk outfit crawled out of the gutters of New York, they are finally receiving the recognition they deserve. But no previous cover comes close to this version, capturing perfectly the medicated melancholy and heart-broken isolation of life and love in a big city.

The Cherry Thing is more than just a welcome return – it’s an essential album.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Free Jazz meets Melody? 5 July 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a very interesting collaboration between Neneh Cherry and a Scandinavian Free Jazz trio called the Thing.

Those who have only heard the pop/rap/R&B singles of the Raw Like Sushi era - are going to be very surprised by this album! But before that, Neneh was in a raucous band Rip Rig + Panic which might give you more of a clue as to where this one is going.

Also, Neneh's stepfather was Don Cherry, who with Ornette Coleman was at the forefront of Free Jazz in the 1960s. So this album has a track written by each. Coleman's "What Reason could I give" and Don Cherry's "Golden Heart".

So in a way, although this album is a cohesive artistic statement made by 4 musicians - it is also like a summary of Neneh Cherry's life and influences. These lie between Punk, Rap and Free Jazz - so we have songs from the aforementioned Jazz artists, but uniquely they sit alongside songs by Iggy Pop, Suicide and one from Madvillainy [Explicit]!

However, none of this explains how the album sounds. The Thing are a trio of Sax, Double Bass and Drums - so we have no keyboards or guitars - no instruments providing chords (apart from some brief vibes on one track). The main thrust of the the sound therefore is Ingebrigt Haker Flaten's Double Bass - which is very well-recorded and you can really hear every nuance, every creak and rattle. Bass provides lots of repetitive hooks, which can be quite funky - but are usually dark and moody.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jazz Album 23 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
Terrific modern jazz album from Neneh Cherry and The Thing In the mould of The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Les Stances a Sophie" or Archie Shepp's "Blase". Exciting sounds from the Thing with wonderful vocals from the inimitable Neneh. i see some wise person has at last released the Rip, Rig and Panic albums as MP3's - if you like this check that out too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neneh Cherry's most interesting work to date 26 July 2012
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The last time we heard from Neneh Cherry, it was back in 1996 with her fantastic album "Man" that spawned the hit single "Woman" and included her famous duet with Youssou N'Dour, "7 Seconds". A whopping 16 years later, and after a few albums released with her group Cirkus, Neneh finally returns with "The Cherry Thing", her fourth studio album and first with an experimental Jazz group called The Thing. I can safely say that this album is her most experimental to date as the blend of Hip-Hop style vocals and Jazz influenced arrangements is so unique and inspirational. Therefore, this fabulous collaboration should most certainly not go unnoticed.

The opener "Cashback" has elements of Funk, Trip-Hop and Hip-Hop blended with Jazz instrumentation which makes it a very interesting and creative song. "Dream Baby Dream" is just as intriguing and original, with a chaotic and experimental feel to it that grows as the song progresses. "Too Tough To Die" has a menacing Rock inspired bass, some wonderful Jazz influenced arrangements and some punchy vocals from Neneh making it the first highlight of this album. The curiously addictive "Sudden Moment" is a strange song with Funk influences and a bizarre melody which lends itself to improvisation. The second highlight is "Accordion", a dark Trip-Hop influenced creation with those superb vocals from Neneh and a great rap section that flows so well with the experimental Jazz chaos embrassing it. "Golden Heart" is a much softer track written by Neneh's father Don Cherry and has a soothing melody. The soulful and sombre third highlight "Dirt" has a punchy Rock influenced melody with more great vocals and arrangements.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Delighted that Neneh fulfilled her aim of caring for her family personally and financially by making a living out of the music industry all those years. Also delighted that she warned us before doing that. There were some little gems on the way. However, could have done with a warning that you're back Neneh because I nearly missed out on this awesome album of meaningful engaging musical joy. It feels as though it follows on from Rip Rig + Panic, informed by CirKus, leaping forwards and backwards simultaneously. Thank You and Big Respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True jazz 29 Jan 2013
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True jazz. Really, really good album, surprisingly good. Deep, dark jarring beats and searching, imaginative lyrics. I absolutely love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free Jazz, Neneh Cherry 17 Jan 2013
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And accessible. You can hear how much they enjoyed making this. It will surprise you. You will love it. Go for it,
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