Neneh Cherry's "The Cherry Thing"

Neneh Cherry's "The Cherry Thing"

  • Article by: Sean Maloney
  • Posted: 06/19/2012

Holy moly, this is about a million miles away from “Buffalo Stance!” Or it's not. No, it's probably not. The Cherry Thing, (the first album from ‘90s starlet Neneh Cherry in nearly 16 years), might have some superficial differences with Cherry's day-glo-and-gold-lamé dance-pop experiments, but when it's all boiled down it's just another example of the Swedish-born singer's fearlessness in the face of pop adversity.

Cherry has always combined disparate influences – even her pop hits were a pastiche of relatively incongruent sounds and themes – but on The Cherry Thing, she takes it to new and hitherto unforeseen realms. 

Backed up on drums, bass and saxophone by Scandinavian jazz outfit The Thing, Cherry reconfigures and re-contextualizes classic punk and jazz, and contemporary electronic and hip hop into a startling, dare I say, revolutionary take on the aforementioned genres. 

Whether morphing Suicide's avant-electro masterpiece “Dream Baby Dream” – a favorite of no less than Bruce Springsteen – into a lilting and woozy low-end work out, twisting The Stooges’ dour proto-punk into a cathartic exercise in earth love, or deconstructing hip-hop’s weirdest weirdo on her cover of MF Doom's “Accordion,” Cherry blurs all the lines and paints a grand impression of the possibilities for art and culture in the 21st century.

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