The youngest two children are from her relationship with her husband/producer Cameron Mc Vey, aka Booga Bear, who worked on Massive Attack's Blue Lines and has been writer/producer on all three of her solo albums."There was a point not long ago when Tyson saw me getting my youngest daughter, Mabel, dressed in the mornings and it made her angry. I was on tour, and that hurts," says Cherry, who was the first female pop star to appear on Top of the Pops eight months pregnant - in tight Lycra.*****Ags Connolly 'How About Now' (Drumfire)He calls it “Ameripolitan” in defiance of the perceived values of the current US country mainstream and to denote a certain identification with older, more authentic values. In fact the slight lumpiness of his writing lends pathos, as if the dismal feelings (women, whiskey, general woe) have only just been felt. ****John harle & Marc Almond 'The Tyburn Tree' (Sospiro)Hot on the heels of Harle’s Art Music, on which he was a guest, Almond returns as a full partner for this psycho-geographical survey of “Dark London”.
Other lyrics are by Iain Sinclair and Harle’s fellow Geordie, poet Tom Pickard, while “Dark Angel” adapts an old text about Elizabethan magus John Dee, about whom Harle once wrote an opera.
There’s some beautiful and dramatic music but the range of styles – from Gainsbourg to Morricone and Brecht/Weill to motorik disco – is exhausting, like a Postmodern version of an Irish showband.
Clark swishes back the curtains to reveal a strutting theatricality; her voice swoons like a Hollywood golden-age star, or snarls like a Disney villainess.
Synth-drawn grooves stampede across the opening tracks, matched by her guitar’s chewy riffs, tasty hooks and distorted but tight shredding.
Electronic squiggles niggle at the ear, while close-coiled, parping brass reflects the influence of her recent collaboration with David Byrne. *****Neneh Cherry 'Blank Project' (Smalltown Supersound)Even when her hit singles were lighting up the charts in the late 1980s, Neneh Cherry was an artist ever at odds with the pop mainstream.