First Impressions: Dream Neneh Cherry Dream

Thursday, April 12, 2012

There was a little flurry of news last week that caught my eye about Miss Buffalo Stance herself, Neneh Cherry on the comeback and joining up with Nordic Free Jazz group, The Thing. I said a smidge o' something about it here.

At the time, I was viciously curious about what kind of sound Cherry and The Thing were going to splash out on their project, The Cherry Thing where they will tackle covers from Martina Topley-Bird, MF Doom, The Stooges, and even Cherry's late step-father, Jazz legend, Don Cherry. On the up and up it seemed, and from the first taste of their Suicide cover, "Dream Baby Dream", I'm a bit impressed at this new phase of Neneh's career, which has always been quite the checkerboard.

For about eight minutes you're treated to some real abstract/jam session Jazz with a meaty bari sax with Neneh giving a smoggy vocal performance that feels ripped from the vinyls of (dare I say) Billie Holiday. This sort of approach reminds me of Adele's turn at The Cure's "Lovesong"---how you can take a New Wave/No Wave track like "Dream Baby Dream" and turn it into something mighty soulful and changing it's tone completely. I'm such a sucker for that. While this track is expansive and not my usual fare, I'm further in curiosity about what the rest of The Cherry Thing is going to offer when it hits shelves this June. Here here for acquired music tastes!

Neneh Cherry & The Thing - Dream Baby Dream (Suicide cover)


  1. Listening to this is on my immediate to do list for tomorrow. Thoughts to follow...-QH

  2. this tune is weird in a nice way. Neneh gained review on Pitchfork with it:
    maybe it will put a bit of a spotlight on her project

    1. Yeah it's very very different...think it goes on a bit too long, but it's free formed Jazz so I'm not that irked. I sort of hope this new stuff will get folks to look back at Neneh's catalog as well as prompt this project which seems rather interesting.

  3. Reminds me of her "Man"-era work, nice. I'm excited for the LP.-QH


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