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Broken Politics

Neneh Cherry

Broken Politics

Fifth studio release by Swedish singer-songwriter and rapper produced by Four Tet

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Raw-silk empathy in a shattered world
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  2. 8.0 |   The FT

    There is a powerful sense of constriction and release, light and shade
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    While it’s her daughter, Mabel, who’s currently keeping up the family tradition of hit singles, Cherry hasn’t lost her touch in the studio
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Cherry's songs here are deeply meditative, often implying or directly expressing sorrow regarding planetary afflictions rooted in fear
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  5. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Broken Politics is an expansive and heartfelt collection of songs — a communication from within one of the most singular artists working today, articulating the nuances of where politics start for many: in one's day-to-day existence
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  6. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The singer's latest album features some of her most impressive songs to date
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  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Broken Politics is a thoughtful, reflective record that twines the political and the person. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Q

    The music is stripped-back but always eclectic. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The rage and weight of 2014's Blank Project has lifted but the explorations of life at every level - refugees in Calais; exhausted living under patriarchy; missing your parents - continue. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   Clash

    Stripped back sonics that cut through a turbulent, noisy world
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    As social media crack-hits amp us all up to the breaking point, these downtempo warrior cries feel both radical and sustaining
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  12. 8.0 |   The 405

    Here, Neneh Cherry continues to blur boundaries between genres with ease, pulling various styles into a single space creating something of a communal experience. Which is appropriate given how increasing dysfunctional our world is feeling as a whole
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  13. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Neneh Cherry only emerges when she has something to say, granting an artistic purity to every release. Given these times, Cherry has a lot to say on Broken Politics
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  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Our politics may be broken, but Neneh Cherry remains one of our most vital and interesting voices around
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  15. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    On her latest album, Broken Politics, time has not dulled any of her strengths—the mother-of-three still writes couplets that hook you instantly, and has lost none of that firebrand lyricism
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  16. 7.4 |   Resident Advisor

    At a time when it takes almost all your energy just to keep your head above the constant flood of bad news, it's a message worth keeping close to your heart
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  17. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    On her second consecutive album produced by Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden, the ever-adventurous former pop star takes on the moment’s social upheaval by getting personal
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  18. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    Neneh Cherry's fifth studio album, Broken Politics may not always seem like an urgent inquisition into our times, but it may encourage a sense of reflection
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  19. 6.0 |   NME

    The undersung icon’s fifth album is an eclectic collection of personal and political songs, a reminder she remains a vital voice
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  20. 6.0 |   Crack

    Broken Politics doesn’t claim to hold the answers to repairing the fractures of the world, but Neneh Cherry nails the strange sensation of searching around for them anyway
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Mid-album, Cherry and Hebden hit a very sweet spot indeed as Natural Skin Deep finally syncs Hebden’s rhythmic dub jazz and Cherry’s pop nous
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