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Neneh Cherry's most interesting work to date,
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This review is from: The Cherry Thing (Audio CD)
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. The most bizarre song is left until last as "What Reason Could I Give" has a drunkard feel to the vocals and melody which make it sound as if it is played in slow motion with deep noises and a scattered drum beat - very different and imaginative.
With "The Cherry Thing", Neneh Cherry and The Thing are pushing the barriers of music which is so refresing and exciting in a world where commercial music and image reign. This album is proof that there are still new combinations of sounds and genres that can work and that originality still exists. Neneh Cherry is back and I hope she will stay with us for much longer this time as she has been greatly missed.