NENEH CHERRY

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - LOUIS PAT­TI­SON

Bro­ken Pol­i­tics SMALL­TOWN SU­PER­SOUND 8/10 In­ti­mate, en­gaged fifth LP from “Buf­falo Stance” diva

The mu­sic that Neneh Cherry has made in the last decade may be at least as in­no­va­tive and pow­er­ful as that she made back in the ’80s. Recorded in Wood­stock with part­ner Cameron McVey and Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Heb­den, Bro­ken Pol­i­tics is a thought­ful, re­flec­tive record that twines the po­lit­i­cal and the per­sonal. “Shot­gun Shack” muses on gun vi­o­lence, while “Kong” – writ­ten with 3D of Mas­sive At­tack – ad­dresses the refugee camps of Calais. But Cherry’s writ­ing is never polemic or di­dac­tic, and filled with warmth and em­pa­thy, while Heb­den’s pro­duc­tion shines through­out, par­tic­u­larly on the frag­ile, shuf­fling “Fallen Leaves”.

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