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Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

After making a colourful splash during the ’80s and ’90s with her sassy brand of pop, Neneh Cherry took the road less travelled, joining underground bands to explore experimental jazz and world music.

Now, she’s back in the spotlight with her first solo album in 18 years.

True to form, it’s not pure pop but an idiosyncratic mélange of pop, jazz and EDM – and like pretty much everything she’s ever done, it’s brilliant.

Bold, challenging and darker than her previous song cycles, it’s not immediately accessible – but if you stick with it, you’re rewarded by an epic, distinctive album that bears much repeated listening. (PH)

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