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Cherry Thing

Neneh Cherry & The Thing

Cherry Thing

A collaboration between the Swedish-born hip hop artist and the Scandinavian jazz trio The Thing

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    A peerless left-field masterpiece
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  2. 9.0 |   Blurt

    A stark reminder to casual and lapsed jazz fans that it's possible to make adventurous and accessible improvisational music in 2012 without conforming to the restrictive standards of capital-J Jazz
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Some things are meant to be. This is one of them. This is vital
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  4. 9.0 |   BBC

    More than just a welcome return – it’s an essential album
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  5. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The phenomenal performances from Cherry and Gustafsson simply blast away any genre preconceptions – by sheer virtue of the musical confidence of this collaboration, they’ve created something magnificent
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  6. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s clear that both parties approached the work with unbridled gusto
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  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    It unabashedly and nakedly displays its seams and inspirations. It is a serious contender for any representative year-end list
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Captures some kind of fleeting magic
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  9. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A particularly sweet spot where jazz, punk, soul and even a hint of pop blend together beautifully in a dream come true
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  10. 8.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    When it works, as on the version of Suicide’s Dream Baby Dream, it is quite exhilarating
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  11. 8.0 |   Prefix

    At times the results might sound strained, but they are entirely consistent both with the principles of free jazz, from which the record emerges, and with the spirit of Don Cherry, towards which it returns
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  12. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    This is music as force of nature; jazz given a punk rock makeover – and thus it makes for a breath of bracingly fresh air
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    Let her gloved sensuous voice stroke your knitted brow as cymbals gently splash
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  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    A quite brilliant combination. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Material ranging from Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" to her father's "Golden Heart", where the understated mantra-like motif and rumbling undertow of percussion carries the shivering charm of Neneh's voca
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  16. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Whilst it’s difficult to really sink your teeth in to it, there is nevertheless a very palpable sense that Neneh Cherry and The Thing have sunk theirs very deep in to the songs they’ve chosen to tackle
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  17. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Listening to The Cherry Thing is often a jarring and confusing experience, but just like the uncompromising individual pursuits of Neneh Cherry and The Thing, that’s the whole point
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  18. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Their taste for unorthodox covers makes this a pairing with potential. Print edition only

  19. 7.0 |   Spin

    O.G. pop polyglot and Nordic spaz-jazzers trade monster grooves, slink, grind-pop chaos
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  20. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    While these jams document an undoubtedly exciting collaboration, only a few of them go so far as to offer anything that sounds like this project's true potential, despite frequently being tantalisingly close
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  21. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's not the freedom of the backing that's the problem so much as the randomness of the material
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  22. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The standout is Suicide's Dream Baby Dream, which, much like Cherry's version of the Stooges' Dirt, is turned into a masterclass in controlled chaos
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  23. 4.0 |   Q

    The jazz Taliban may dig it but everyone else will reach in panic for their copy of Manchild. Print edition only

  24. 3.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's a tough listen, shrill and disjointed
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