October 2018 Album of the month: Neneh Cherry “Broken Politics”

Another busy month with lots of records to listen to, hence the slight delay. Without further due, a great woman gets rewarded this month.

Album of the month: Neneh Cherry“Broken Politics” – Protest soul songs – I am very happy and proud to have Neneh Cherry as my album of the month. First, it shows that you can be a woman in the music industry and not only be judged on your past when you are in the urban and pop music field. Secondly, she is also a fantastic example of someone who is more than a musician: an international citizen (Sweden/USA/UK), a mother but also mainly a human being who has an interest in today’s world. A few faithful collaborators like her partner Cameron McVey, Massive Attack‘s 3D and Four Tet‘s Kieran Hebden, fresh news sounds and angry/sad lyrics about the state of our current world…well, here you go for album of the month. Great cover as well which has been recently taken around Notting Hill., London.

Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics

 

  • Runner-up: Kurt Vile “Bottle It In” – Pop Rock – I guess it would be very easy to get with Kurt Vile what I would call the R.E.M. syndrome, i.e. one could get very much used to great new records from a particular artist every two years. Of course, the excitement is probably not as strong as when I discovered the first records from this Philadelphia musician but I must admit to be impressed by the quality and musicianship of every song…as usual. I went and saw him this week on stage at the sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the feeling was a bit the same. So, let’s all cherish our best long-hair friend in a world where the number of such authentic musicians is getting thinner every day…

 

  • Also recommended:
    • Kristin Hersh “Possible Dust Clouds” – Pop Rock – 10th (!) solo record from the former Throwing Muses singer. One of her best; beware, she is quite angry!
    • Petite Noir – “La Maison Noir / The Black House” – Noisy African Soul – Latest mini LP from the very unique and singular voice of the South African / Belgian Yannick Ilunga.
    • Connan Mockasin “Jassbusters” –  Indie Rock – A rather good album but the opening song “Charlotte’s Thong” is a killer and one of the best of the year.
    • Elvis Costello & The Imposters “Look Now” – Pop Rock – Elvis Costello is always at his best when he plays with Messrs. Nieve and Thomas. A few tracks are on par with his best work.
    • Cloud Nothings – “Last Building Burning” – Rock – A great return to form from Dylan Baldi and his band. To the bone and not one ounce of fat.

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