The Cherry Thing
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The Cherry Thing

June 18, 2012

  Song Title
Dream Baby Dream
Too Tough To Die
Sudden Moment
Golden Heart
What Reason Could I Give

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 18, 2012
  • Label: Smalltown 12
  • Copyright: 2012 Smalltown Supersound
  • Total Length: 50:59
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  • ASIN: B0084195GC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,302 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's sweetness that I'm thinking of. July 20, 2012
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Neneh Cherry is unfortunately remembered for her 1989 hit "Buffalo Stance", which was and still is a great song melding hip-hop, rap and snyth/dance music into a memorable five and a half minutes. The rest of her debut solo album was equally as good, though nothing on it surpassed the success of "Buffalo Stance". In 1992, almost no one paid any attention to what is arguably her best effort, "Homebrew". There was some airplay given to "Buddy X", but not much. By the time her third effort was released, 1996's "Man", it received absolute no attention or promotion in the U.S. And that was that. A promising career cut short.

Until now. Sure, Cherry was a part of CirKus, and has appeared on both of their albums, but her presence is sidelined. Thus, "The Cherry Thing" is her first album in 16 years that actually features her vocals front and center. It's nice to have her back.

This time around, she joins Norwegian/Swedish jazz trio, The Thing, who have been making records since 2000. I was not familiar with them. Naturally, Cherry has created a jazz album, but of the 8 tracks there are 2 originals and 6 cover songs. The six cover songs are as follows: "Dream Baby Dream" by Suicide, from their 1980 self-titled album, "Too Tough To Die" by Martina Topley-Bird, from her debut 2003 album "Quixotic/Anything", "Accordian" by Madvillain, from their 2004 debut album "Madvillainy", "Golden Heart" by Don Cherry, from his 1966 album "Complete Communion", "Dirt" by The Stooges, from their sophomore 1970 album "Fun House", and "What Reason Could I Give" by Ornette Coleman, from his 1972 album "Science Fiction". Now what I love about these 6 tracks is that I was not at all familiar with them. Too many times cover albums turn into cliche recycling of the same old songs. Not here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my top 10 list for 2012 July 1, 2012
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I first heard of this record, but it works in every way. The original Cashback is exhilarating, and Cherry's cover of Accordion is flawless as she croons, raps, hisses and spits out MF Doom's complex verses. She makes the song completely her own without taking anything away from the brilliant original. Too Tough To Die sounds punk, jazz and trip hop all at the same time. Every track has its own unique reward.

This album is quite the contradiction, but it is both deeply personal and wildly original. That's an amazing accomplishment for a covers album.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Organic, inspired and creative. A 'must" listen to. June 19, 2012
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The album features vocalist and songwriter Neneh Cherry fronting the brilliant, provocative Scandinavian the Thing, whose members are saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.
The latter are a diverse vanguard jazz group whose name comes from a tune by Don Cherry; their founding mission was to play his music.
They've since expanded to cover rock tunes and play their own compositions.
For those who remember only Cherry's pop hits, this may seem a radical departure, but it's actually a return of sorts.
She began her career in the 1980s as a teen vocalist in post-punk outfits Rip Rig & Panic and Float Up CP; both melded free jazz and angular funk.
She is a natural collaborator -- she's worked with Pulp, Tricky, the The, and Gorillaz.
There are two originals here. Cherry's confrontational love song "Cashback" opens a set that melds syncopated, acoustic jazz funk and post-millennial soul.
Gustafsson's jazz tune "Sudden Moment" features wonderful twinned phrasing by the saxophonist and Cherry before opening into an improvisational sprawl.
Of the covers, the nearly nine-minute version of Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" puts Bruce Springsteen's contrived version to shame. In the Cherry Thing's embrace, it is no less ethereal than the original, but far more sinister: Cherry's honeyed croon keeps the beautiful melodic core intact, even as she becomes ever more insistent, showing her dominant authority. Her accompanists build a gorgeous wall of atmospheric tension behind her.
Martina Topley-Bird's "Too Tough to Die" begins sparsely and slowly before Cherry and Gustafsson enter and begin pushing, charging at the lyric edges.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pwning it thing March 16, 2013
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This is one of the best projects that I think I've heard in a long time. Even though this is a "cover" project, Neneh Cherry & the Thing took every song and made it their own. Even if you've heard some of the originals, these songs are different and great enough on their own to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rip Rig and Panic December 25, 2012
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I think old Rip Rig + Panic fans, like myself, will love this record. Not as wild as RR+P, but very good reminder for those three great and almost forgotten albums that never went digital.

Vinyl record does not include "Dirt", I guess it could not fit on single record, but it comes with full CD version. I wish this is released on 2x45 (like old RRP records)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh March 8, 2014
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I purchased this CD based on it's reviews, which was a mistake. I listen to a wide variety of music (fan of Diana Krall, Alicia Keyes, Adele and many, many more - I have quite a large collection of music.) But after I listened to this CD a few times, there was nothing that made me want to listen again, not one single track. So I donated the CD to the library.

Listen to the short excerpts of the tracks on Amazon or a similar music sampling venue, then decide if the album is for you. After a couple of CD's (I like CD's because I can then download the music onto numerous devices and because I'm middle-aged) purchased based on good reviews by critics and regretting those purchases, I will listen to the sample tracks before just deciding to buy, music unheard again.
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