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.
This has been worth waiting for. Its different from her preious releases but then thats what you'd expect from this artist. Its very spare but the production is excellent and as usual her writing is as powerful as ever. This is mature music from a mature creative artist who as always has her button on the contemporary scene but carries all her maturity as a musician writer and performer. Her pop and jazz followers will find things they like with this.
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 now 50 year-old woman, returns with her first solo material in 17 years, 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 as well as social issues, it seems as if she is making up for previous years, presenting and sharing most of what has been going through her mind. Although the album 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 has taken more than "7 Seconds" for Neneh to return, but just 7 seconds into this, one realizes that she was worth waiting for.
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.
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!
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.