Drawing attention to her most recent record, Broken Politics, Neneh Cherry and band not only showcase their sass and flawless workmanship in Edinburghs Leith Theatre, they orchestrate and diffuse a superb energy into the crowd, which sees the audience singing or dancing, or both.
Swedish rapper, singer and 90s icon, made famous by tracks such as Woman, 7 Seconds and Manchild, was recently in Edinburgh, after working with Mark Cousins on Stockholm, My Love, a couple of years ago. She was back this time in the capital for an altogether different purpose, reminding us of her skill and talent, in the majestic Leith Theatre, shining a light on her new records, which retain the energy and spirit of her previous hits.
Kicking off the set with Fallen Leaves, from her fifth album, which was produced in collaboration with Kieran Hebden, otherwise known as Four Tet, the audience were in for a treat from the get go. Often fusing several genres of music, Cherrys love for music shines throughout the fourteen-track set, which sees the night fly by. A lady of sass, with a clear love for humanity, there is much to admire when witnessing her performance, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The stage is full, with guitar players, percussionists, harpists, and this fullness oozes through the room. The energy of her band, the love in her pores, the positive vibes all disipate into the venue, stretching into every nook and cranny, and for that we are grateful.
She performs another two from Broken Politics, with Deep Vein Thrombosis, leaving a lasting impact, and not in the way you would expect. A stand-out track of the evening, I was made regretful of not keeping up with her music since Homebrew. Awaiting the classics, the hits, like many in the room, we were somewhat underwhelmed by Woman and 7 Seconds. Documenting a moment in time, the more current tracks threw better punches, and had a dynamism it was almost impossible not to respect.
However, her processes still throw me back. Vinyl scratching fuesd with hip hop, a welcomed nostalgia trip, along with bass and percussion, outlines she still references the times of yore. And concluding the evening with her first hit, Buffalo Stance, the crowd were far from disappointed with her set. Fresh, yet prolific, unassuming yet all-encompassing, there was a warmth to Nenehs performance, which will no doubt carry into her next record. I will not be making the mistake of ignoring that one, thats for certain.
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