Cherry, Neneh / Blank Project
Album: Blank Project   Collection:General
Artist:Cherry, Neneh   Added:Mar 2014
Label:Smalltown Supersound  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-03-21 Pull Date: 2014-05-23
Week Ending: May 25 May 18 May 11 May 4 Apr 27 Apr 20 Apr 13 Apr 6
Airplays: 1 3 5 2 2 3 5 3

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 15, 2022: Down the Rabbit Hole (rebroadcast from Apr 12, 2014)
Blank Project
4. May 21, 2014: Meow After Midnight
Blank Project
2. Jul 24, 2014: The Sunset Life
5. May 17, 2014: Live Your Life
Across The Water
3. May 25, 2014: The Sunset Life
6. May 16, 2014: A Visit From Drum
Blank Project

Album Review
Graham Anderson
Reviewed 2014-03-20
Neneh Cherry / Blank Project / Smalltown Supersound

Electronic / acoustic / soul / rock / funk behind a compelling voice

Acoustic kit and synthetic-effect bass combine with raw vocal talent and spare orchestration for an unforgettable indie soul /funk album. Compelling song structure and electronic rock-influenced beats. A fantastic album of genre exploration and just-centered-enough songs.

RIYL: Ava Luna, Four Tet, Little Dragon, Robyn,
Janelle Monae, Lykke Li

1. 3:29 * Sparse also vox, African hand drum and wooden shakers, inexplicable speed-up slow-down of beat for a few measures. Meaning-laden feminist Judeo-Christian-influenced lyrics.
2. 4:05 ** “ass” at 1:17 Synth 8-bit bass, frenetic jazz-inspired drums, synth ringing bell, frantic vox, cash-register-bell cymbal hits. Dissonant guitar drone, lyrics describe a young hectic couple, marching snare fills. Excellent!
3. 3:57 Synth snare & triangle stuttering intro & outro, synth key fills, striving hopeful lyrics, chanting chorus, wild tribal feeling, synth string interlude.
4. 4:19 Droning down tempo synth bass, R&B beat, sexy vox, lyrics seductive yet repelling, fever & addiction
5. 5:47 Distorted synth power chords, rim click bossa, just enough cowbell, Motown-Pop chorus, 6/8 bridge, empowering lyrics
6. 4:10 * Electronic / acoustic kit funk beat, and soul vox. Later, bass clave w/ hats marching cadence and syncopated vox. Stuttering vox over stuttering keys and synth pad. Excellent piece of music!
7. 5:21 FCC throughout, Down tempo Gamelan sound, synth building atmosphere, sultry vox, cymbal rolls
8. 5:15 Up beat rock beat, alarm-like bass, second younger vox, sparse track with cool bass solo
9. 5:12 ** Intro: naked storytelling vocal with syncopated straight rimclicks, followed by building bass into EDM-style dance beat and vox that makes you want to jump up. Closes with a ghostly howl; don’t miss.
10. 7:21 FCC @ 1:39, Muted-trumpet effect vox throughout, Dance hi-hat, blues rock vox, dense synth pads for a wall-of-sound, encapsulating feel. Mad laughing.
Graham Anderson

Track Listing
1. Across The Water   6. Cynical
2. Blank Project   7. 422
3. Naked   8. Out Of The Black (Ft. Robyn)
4. Spit Three Times   9. Dossier
5. Weightless   10. Everything