10. Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing
The Thing are a free jazz band, Neneh Cherry is Neneh Cherry, and the combination of the two is something else. This is neither as outre or confrontational as The Thing can be, nor as pop friendly as some of Neneh’s work in the past. What this reminds me most of is Nina Simone, not in sound but in the transformational effect they have on the material. An album primarily of covers, these sound distinctly original, where any familiarity with the source material brings puzzled wonder more than the comfort of the known. I hope this isn’t a one of collaboration but a continuing outlet for the artists involved, because as much as this may pain some of my friends, I want another Nina who changes how I hear a song by sheer originality of interpretation.