Neneh Cherry has said Blank Project, her first new album since 1996, was the creative outlet she needed after the death of her mother.
Cherry is known as much for her style as her hits. And she has not lost the attitude or confidence that in 1988 propelled her on to Top of the Pops seven months pregnant in a Lycra mini-skirt, exciting a storm of tabloid outrage.
Blank Project echoes the 90s sounds of Massive Attack, with whom she collaborated, and the hip-hop, pop, electro-funk fusion that she helped pioneer.
Her versatile and commanding voice is showcased on an emotional and personal album that touches on themes of motherhood, menstruation, death and depression.
Cherry has much more to give than those records that brought her stardom in the 80s and 90s. It’s just a shame she left it so long.