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Raw Like Sushi

Neneh Cherry

1989

Raw Like Sushi

Album Summary

Raw Like Sushi is the debut studio album by Swedish musician Neneh Cherry, released 5 June 1989 by Virgin Records. The album includes the commercially successful single "Buffalo Stance".

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2.78

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4580

Genres

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Neneh Cherry should have been HUGE. Buffalo Stance was, and is, huge because Buffalo Stance is a 5. Nenah was ahead of her time because damn does album still have it all. To paraphrase a lyric from "Love Ghetto", she hit a home run. Actual rating is a 4.5. All of the songs are good, they all just pale in comparison to the magic of Buffalo Stance.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

this is the most 1989 album ever recorded. four Danger Zone bass patches out of five

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

AWESOME

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

Oh! This album was on heavy rotation when I was a teenager. I always loved the attitude and the swagger. And I realise now that this album influenced so many of my future explorations in music (soul, jazz, hip hop). I don’t think anyone else was making music like this and the album was a wrecking ball to the charts - all those ballads and Kylie, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. She sang about subjects nobody else was - feminism, safe sex, motherhood - not a bunch of lovey dove nonsense. I really think Neneh Cherry is a hugely inspirational and influential figure - sassy, London/ European / American, kick ass, feeling, mixed heritage and proud - a great singer and classy rapper. Incredibly talented and underrated. I hesitated when rating the album - if I give this album five stars, am I really saying this album is up there with the White Album or Hunky Dory? You know what? I don’t know. And I don’t care. This is five stars for me. I love this album.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

This one had some bops for sure. Hiddem gem.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

My immediate reaction was to file this under the most 80s pop ass 80s pop ever, but despite its pervasive radio-friendliness, it really belongs in its own niche nestled somewhere between Salt-N-Pepa and Massive Attack. There are moments where the lyricism feels as of its time as the delightfully dated synths, but Cherry comes across emphatically on the microphone be it rapping or singing, exuding a confidence that most MCs would kill to have. My only real knock against it is the thematic redundancy that stands out listening to these songs back-to-back: there's a three-track stretch after the opening singles that all tread in the same youth/parenthood waters, and it probably would have been better off spread out a bit more. Key Tracks: Buffalo Stance, Manchild, Outré Risqué Locomotive

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Fri Jan 15 2021
3

Some of the song material is very specific. For example, not sure how I feel about the procreation anthem of "The Future Generation". Still, it's got great energy and Neneh shows she can hold her own lyrically. Does sound pretty dated though (I can pinpoint what year this was made, same with "Pretty Hate Machine"). Favorite tracks: "Buffalo Stance", "Inna City Mama"

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Can't believe I've not heard this before. Love it!

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Great album, confident and fresh and smart, making it OK to like hip hop when you are a metaller

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Sun Jun 20 2021
5

TOPÍSSIMO

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Loved this.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

Started strong with a nice bop. Not a fan of the middle part of manchild. Surprised by how much I liked phoney ladies. I actually liked a lot of this album. Pleasant surprise. 4/5 I listened a second time, it gets up to a cool 5 because I felt good about it. I'm still thinking about this album the next morning. Wow

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Absolutely slaps. Love this era and genre. Buffalo Stance is definitely the standout.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

Damn what a trailblazer. Watched her Buffalo Stance performance she did on Top of the Pops while pregnant, what a badass.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

Go go to go-go

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Sun Jun 12 2022
5

meh

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

English accents, string ballads, dj cuts, man children, questionable social commentary, raw sushi, talking spanish, prepubescent sexual tension, slutty locomotives, mixed metaphors, incoherent writing structure, what does getting shirty mean? The nonsensical nature of the writing kind of makes sense considering she's Swedish. Can't deny it's an interesting thing to listen to.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

1/28 Great, eclectic 80s genre-mix of an album. Standout Tracks: Buffalo Stance, Inna City Momma, The Next Generation, Phoney Ladies, Outré Risqué Locomotive

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Cool late 80s vibes. Hear a lot of things that would shape early 90s hip hop. Definitely her own style. Should come back to this one

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Sehr Gut!

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

pretty iconic 80s dance music, some songs were a bit dragged out and didn’t have a great sound listening 40 years later, but a really clean classic funky hip hop sound that makes ya wanna dance ;)

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Such good hip hop beats, OG female rapper

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

this album was surprisingly good! lot of catchy songs, and the beats had me moving through the entire album

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Un disco muy chill, fluye bien, me gustaron mucho algunos beats, sus sintetizadores. Me dio toda una vibra janetjacksonesca e incluso, ya hacia el final, en el Sukka mix de "Buffalo Stance" se oye algo como "Does this sound like Janet Jackson?". Diría que este es un álbum que sí se quedó mucho en vibras ochenteras, pero no lo escucho anticuado. Es hip-hop poposo, con algunas salpicadas de crítica social, "Buffalo Stance" es una muy buena canción, también "The Next Generation" y "So Here I Come" me gustaron; he de aceptar que me dio un poco de risa el español en "Kisses On the Wind". 8/10

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Again, it was good but songs were long and the album didn’t really feel like it needed to be an album. 7

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Another 7 where I considered an 8, but I just can't see myself ever wanting to relisten to this even though it was pretty fun the first time.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

I really enjoyed this! Bit high energy but fun. 8 for me

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Pretty corny but a fun listen overall 7/10

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Pop, rap, freestyle, funk, destellos de house, breakbeat. Pensaba que iba a estar ya muy passé la producción, pero incluso en los momentos más aywey tiene mucho charm. Grande por lo que representó, pero también grande porque tiene buenas rolas.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Buffalo stance!

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Heart reminded me of BUSTED from Phineas and Ferb

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Sun May 16 2021
4

in a normal situation, I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much, but I was vibing this shiiiit

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Sun Aug 01 2021
4

Fun album. It sounds exactly how I think 80s-90s transition should have sounded like.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Extremely catchy

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Sounds great, my kind of thing. I didn’t know how varied her music is, and different from the radio hits Manchild, Woman and 7 Seconds.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Buffalo stance...wow so good. Such a fun vibe, this chick can rap and her confidence oozes.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Love this album. Eminently danceable. And thought provoking. This album got me through that summer. 4.5.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

So many memories!

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Disc d'estrena d'alta volada, començant amb 'Buffalo Stance' i 'Manchild', les dues millors cançons del disc i del millor de l'r&b de finals dels 80. També destaquen 'Inna City Mamma', 'Love Ghetto' o 'Phoney Ladies', però sobretot l'actitud i personalitat de Neneh Cherry, que ja no va poder igualar aquesta fita (fins al 2021 com a mínim), però aquí la seva estrella brilla amb molta força

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

I enjoyed the music but the lyrciss were a bit basic.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

This is kind of like a female inversion of Beastie Boys MCing, in the best possible way. This was a lot of fun to listen to, provocative and tongue in cheek the whole way through

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Salt 'N Pepa meets Prince?! Hell yeah. The sound is definitely of it's time, but we all need some cheesy hip hop in our lives! My top pick is of course 'Buffalo Stance' but I also really liked 'Manchild', 'Love Ghetto'. and 'Outré Risqué Locomotive'. This is more of a 4.5 - I think a 10 star scale would be better!

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

What's 'e like? WHAT IS 'E LIKE? Buffalo Stance is a six (all hail Bomb The Bass), the rest is a three-star pottage of late '80s production tics, and none the worse for it.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Like Madonna, but way cooler

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Lekker album! Heerlijke popmuziek, goede zang, vrolijke muziek. Precies zoals ik 80s popmuziek voor ogen heb. Geweldig!! ****

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Classic in its day. Very good now. 4/5

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Hadden die plaat thuis, goede teksten

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Funky and catchy. Absolutely not a genre for me, but this album somehow won me over - so a 4/5 from me is probably a strong 5/5 for somebody who's generally a fan of hip hop. Heart's my favorite track because it sounds like a Phineas and Ferb song.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Buffalo stance, Love ghetto

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Nice surprise. Gets kinda boring throughout, but pretty cool.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Swedish punk? Who knew? Very talented with a cool mix of rapping and singing, she’s tackling some big issues but also showing a good sense of humour. I didn’t know she was so involved with Massive Attack and the Wild Bunch. A little bit drawn out and dated for top marks though.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

loved this

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

I really enjoyed this record! It sits within this liminal space between hip hop, R & B, and dance while also feeling like the perfect decade-spanning record. There's a few misfires, but overall, the vibe was something I could get behind. "Buffalo Stance" has not been far from my mind since my first listen! Favourite tracks: Buffalo Stance, Love Ghetto, Phoney Ladies, So Here I Come

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

3rd Listen. Great album. Brings back a lot of memories of the times. :) 4/5

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

This one caught me by surprise. I loved the '80s pop that slipped into the hip-hop. The songs were catchy as hell.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Un autre album qui ne m'inspirait pas au départ et qui s'est avéré une expérience fort agréable. Quand naturellement tu as envie de remettre l'album, il y a quelque chose là. Je ne dis pas que tout est vraiment bon sur l'album, mais le côté hip-hop old school est pas mal ce que je préfère dans ce disque et il y a tout de même des éléments mélodiques très forts. J'aime beaucoup le fait d'avoir un album hip-hop d'une femme de cette époque. Je trouve également intéressant d'entendre cet album qui met en contexte les débuts de Massive Attack. La pièce Manchild co-écrite avec Robert Del Naja a vraiment la vibe Massive Attack. Pièces préférées: Buffalo Stance, Manchild, The Next Generation, Heart et So Here I Come

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

A pretty fun album, including some huskier wails. I’m sure I recognised the first track from when I was very young

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

A pretty slammin early hip hop album! I enjoyed it from top to bottom, although Buffalo Stance is hands down the best track. Feels like a bit of a misnomer to call her "Swedish" when she was raised in the US and has spent her entire adult life in London, but that's on wikipedia and not 1001 albums.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Had a couple of late 80s albums this week taking me back to my youth. But really striking how contemporary they sound these days, ten maybe 15 years ago this would sound as dated as hell but not now, aside from the odd scratch noise. This sound is everywhere in modern music. All time bangers front and centre, it's a blast at the beginning. I drift off halfway through as nothing can compete with the absolute classic singles particularly, but it's still a great, fun, pop album.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Never have heard of this, but I kinda love this... Sounded like a better version of one of the many Prince proteges from the 80s.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

Really enjoyable late 80s / early 90s RnB vibes.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

I am a big fan of this release. I knew of Neneh Cherry through Rip, Rig & Panic. It took me forever to find the RR&P release back in the day. The disparate elements she integrated was nor commonplace at the time. Nor was the focus on womanhood. At a time when there were clearly drawn lines between pop and what would become hip-hop, Neneh Cherry blurred the lines in the best possible way.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

Rätt Lit

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Great classic rap, meaningful lyrics

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Hip hopnew jack swing. Un poco cansina.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Hip-hop y R&B. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
4

Really enjoyed it. Wasn’t expecting a vibrant synth pop based album and it delivered!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Great lyricism in this album and it was clear to the listener what her messages were. Loved her vibe!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

This was a fun album. Not my usual genre but I really liked the feel of the album and was entertained the whole way through.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Thought it was a'right at the time. In retrospect, I enjoyed the singles and began considering it a classic. On actual listening it's got some great tracks but doesn't consistently hit every ball out the park I like the originality it shows.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

10/10 navn på album Dette vokste på meg, fra masse plagsomme lyder til å bli en bop

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Had no clue what to expect with this one. Very 90s angsty rap feel. A couple songs I liked the vibe of, but not something I'd listen to regularly.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

I liked it when she wasn't doing that terrible 80s rap

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Decently fun album with a wide range of styles and instrumentation. 5/10, probably sounded more modern on release than it does today.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

No lo sé, Rick. El sonido característico de los 90s me gusta, está cool, pero también, como diría Maria, es como estar escuchando una hora de lo mismo. Canción favorita: Love Ghetto. Mood: early Will Smith vibes

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Good, really enjoyed listening to it. ***

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Good album. Same genre/style as Janet Jackson or Shelia E.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

No conocía a Neneh Cherry, la verdad, pero pues tiene un sonido muy ochentero en la línea de lo que hicieron Janet Jackson y Paula Abdul. Me entretuvo pero no agregué ninguna canción a mi playlist personal

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Enjoyed more than expected. I was unfamiliar with her

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Not easily classifiable as a whole, Raw Like Sushi is one of the most soulful and "hip-hop" albums considered neither R&B nor rap.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

'Chocolates, bananas, doughnuts and salami Ain't gonna fit cause you're full of bologna' Extremely tame lyrics on this album. Fun enough to listen to but man, the lyrics / style haven't aged particularly well haha

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

Surprisingly enjoyed it. Not a 4 because I wouldn’t really listen to it again, buts it’s still good

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Not bad. Few tracks I’d go back to which is more than can be said about others on the list. I don’t think it’s aged particularly well. Feels very ‘early 90s’.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Very listenable, was surprised that I liked it at all since this isn't my normal hard rock style of music.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

This was an interesting listen. I had no expectations going into it, and was pleasantly surprised. Cherry is a decent rapper and a better singer. I do think this album would’ve benefitted from some editing - every song seems to be trying to do everything, and some of them are all over the place. “Buffalo Stance”, “Manchild” start the album off strong, then it’s weaker through the middle with a strong finish on “My Bitch”. Oh also, it’s interesting that a couple of members of Massive Attack helped write “Manchild” - it sounds almost like a proto-Massive Attack song.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

was pop ok

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Very 90s

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Liked it more than I thought I would. Manchild and Phoney Ladies are the highlights. Not a fan of the LL Cool J inspired rapping.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Бедноватый альбом. Впрочем, возможно, так можно охарактеризовать весь ранний хип-хоп. Аранжировки слишком блёклые. Конечно, акцент делается на вокалистке, голос её неплох, да, но не богоподобен, чтобы вытащить альбом. Задумался, а как бы оно звучало, будь на вокале Майкл Джексон. Возможно, поинтереснее, но всяко не шедевр. Что там по трекам: Buffalo Stance – цепляющие поп-элементы, вполне звучит как хит. А ещё как трек, который я бы не скипнул в GTA. Флоу речитативов в куплетах тоже неплох, но скучноват. Manchild – попытка сделать что-то интересное, но вышло нечто одиозное. Навязчивое, раздражающее. Эффект складывается из-за перепадов в вокальных партиях. Там где звучат ровно – неплохо. Heart – выцепил с первого же прослушивания. Цепляющий припев, приятные куплеты. Напевал между делом. Остальные треки можно в целом охарактеризовать так: неплохие припевы, скучноватые куплеты. В итоге имеем, вероятно, занимательный альбом для своего времени, но довольно блёклый в 2к22.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Decent 80's pop with tons of early hip-hop influences. Fun little trip.back.in time for me with this one.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Very 80s hip hop

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

3/5

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Good 90s club music, but I can easily see why she's classified as a 1HW.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

It's got some bops that's for sure. Had never heard of Neneh Cherry before, and while this isn't really my kinda jams, I didn't mind having it on in the background.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

3.5, this was pretty good. I was expecting it to fall a bit more on the hip hop side than the pure 80s vibe it had. Very very tempted to bump to a 4, but would I seek it out to listen again, eh probably not though that's not meant as a slight on the album

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

I give this a 4/5 for being such a nostalgic album. Such a great time in my life when I lived in the Netherlands and this was the hottest album at the time. I listened to it many times back then and loved it. Now, it has been many years since I've heard it. It isn't quite as good as I remember, but I loved hearing it again. 3/5 overall.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

A lot more enjoyable than I’d expected. It held up really well.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Interesting mix of pop/hip hop/ r&b Fav tracks: Buffalo Stance, Inna City Mamma

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Enjoyable in an "of its time" kinda way. Don't think it's one I'd return to though.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Weirdly quite enjoyable

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

Pretty good, but not great. The songs tend to go on too long, and maybe one or two songs could have or should have been cut. I do dig the late 80s hip hop vibes though. I'd probably give it 3.5/5 if I could, but alas. The first song was the best.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Quite enjoyed this. Good singer, decent rapper. good songwriting but there is a but of filler here. 3/5

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

kinda fun

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Respectable but very 80s sounding hip-hop. Not my thing. Definitely Prince meets Michael Jackson.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

Like the combination of influences/genres here and nostalgic for alot of the synth tones but somehow it doesn't coalesce as an album for me.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Reminded me of Paula Abdul, pretty good 90s rap feel.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

Bon, engagé. Ca sonne bien et j’ai aime pour le moment. 3.75. Je ne m’attendais pas a aime

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Not my music

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Random fact completely irrelevant to the rest of the review: today I learned "Raw Like Sushi" was released in June 1989, on the very same day as Beijing's Tiananmen Square protests. Tank Man nailed that buffalo stance. This album seems to scream of possibility, a last gasp for the 80s and a hint of what would immediately follow. There's a competent fusion between mainstream pop and emergent hip-hop with dance styles that would become more defined in the years to come. Neneh Cherry worked with various members of Massive Attack on the recording, and would later lend her vocals to some of "Blue Lines" in return- it's interesting to trace a through-line beginning here. Drawing as it does from these styles, "Raw Like Sushi" is very clearly date-stamped, from the opening cry of "DJ!" to the pervasive scratch sound effects and the hollow, atomic drum machine beats. But when it works, it really works. The album begins brilliantly- "Buffalo Stance" glows with confidence and boasts a simple yet instantly memorable synth and vocal line. Cherry quickly establishes herself as a very dynamic, likeable presence (from introducing the percussion in stages to the goofy "WOT is he LOYKE?" interlude). "Kisses on the Wind" is another upbeat gem where the litany of "Like a Prayer" comparisons feel most appropriate: all uptempo grooves, twinkling synths and reedy vocals, it feels like it would have been at home in the charts upon release. Unfortunately, the exuberance is short lived. After fourth track highlight "Inner City Mamma" (with another groovy chorus line) proceedings become disappointingly staid. The melodies seem to dry up, arrangements don't stray from the late 80's programmed framework, and the energy becomes a little more reserved. It's an anticlimactic case of a top-loaded album, where the inspiration evaporates after the first half. Cherry is still a great vocalist throughout, glimmering with promise and carrying the weight of the material. Occasionally her raps become tiring and outweigh the strength of the sung vocals, but on the whole she just about sells the songs. The material overall is well worthy of a three stars, if only for the lead single (which will remain in your head long after the rest of it has faded).

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Buffalo Stance es un bombazo. También están bien Manchild o Kisses in the wind. El resto hip-hop de los 90 hecho desde Europa. Tuvo su momento pero creo que no dio más de sí.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

I like

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Swedish? Hell yeah! Pretty solid album. Buffalo Stance obviously the best track, everything else sounds cool but not groundbreaking from my perspective. Glad I listened and discovered though! Strong 3.5

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

I don't think this has dated well, though there are some fresh sounding bits.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

First 3 songs I really liked. Good beats, smooth rapping vocals, and not too cheesy. After that there were a couple I enjoyed but the rest were a bit meh. But those first three especially were really good so as a whole, the album is enjoyable.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

This album sounds like average 90s Hip Hop that has not aged well. I was not the biggest fan of this, however, it was not terrible.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Another insanely average album. Didn't turn it off, but will never listen again.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

3.25

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

It's alright, a bit unmemorable, but kind of enjoyable.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

I'm not a huge fan of Buffalo Stance so, considering it was the lead single and the opening track, I was worried I wouldn't enjoy this but I actually liked the rest of the album a lot more! Buffalo Stance is pretty cluttered and has some really dated 80s drum machine and synth sounds that just don't work for me at all, but the other songs are far less hectic and feature some pretty great instrumental parts (most notably the jazzy solo on Inna City Mamma and the SNL-style sax riff on The Next Generation) and a good mix of solid rap verses and catchy sung hooks

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Average vibes

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

As the outstanding "Buffalo Stance" plays, I was impressed. I was like, woahh no wonder rap replaced '80s pop! - hiphop goes well with synthy drums! And next tracks kept the flame, they're enjoyable too, albeit not as good as the opener. This album is basically a better version of Madonna. Definitely '80s, but tolerable. Then we got to "The Next Generation". I mean yeah, next generation, the future of the nation. It's a genuine message, but the way it was delivered sounded like it's a parody rap. Personally, not something one would take seriously. Then it's alllll downhill from there.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

Never heard of this artist. Sounds like a mash up of every other female 80's pop artist. I'm not sure why this is so important for me to hear, but it was fun.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

That late 80s early 90s sound that sounded so good on a lo-if KMart speaker

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

Yea yea for Nea Nar

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Wed May 04 2022
3

rap sections: 5/5. sublime. dated 80s vocal sections: 2/5.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

I was not familiar with the artist or any of the songs. The album was pretty good. It had that early rap and hip hop feel while maintaining that 80s feel. At times the music reminded me of Michael Jackson and Prince. It wasn't a bad album. I doubt I revisit it or listen to any of the songs again.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

This is all well and good...but no idea why I need to hear this before I die.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Very good hip hop

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Not bad

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

I had no issue with this album, but like a lot of late 80's/early 90's albums I don't think it aged well sonically. I wouldn't listen to this again, but I can see how teens at the time found it to be a fun album.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Madonna with teeth and a message. Lots of female positivity to address the misogynistic, male lyrics in so many rap and hiphop songs of the time. It's not a great album but it was fun to listen to. Reminded me that I have one of slightly later albums (that leans more to rock) that I haven't heard in years. Will listen to that one again.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

I really liked the first track, Buffalo Stance; it’s a really cool blend of 80s hip hop and pop that I hadn’t heard before. However the rest of the album really didn’t stand out to me musically, however I did enjoy the political themes in the lyrics.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

This is a pretty sweet, and a little spicy collection of dance tracks and hip hop beats. The style is very 80’s, but in a nice way. The lyrics are sung sweetly and rapped with clear diction and very little swearing compared to many other examples of rap I’ve heard. She represents troubles she’s had with men, and is quite frank about when she is and isn’t receptive to their advances. I had never heard these songs before, even though it seems she had a pretty big hit with Buffalo Stance. This was never my scene. Anyway it’s still an ok collection. There may even be one or two I would like to hear again.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Good bearing how aggressively it is of it’s time

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Eeeh

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

This album is EXTREMELY 90s, maybe too much so at times. But definitely got some bangers in between the more generic ones. Vocals and lyrics were great, carried most of this project. Not much else to say, it’s good for what it is, and I really respect it for that. Will be adding those first couple tracks to my playlists, easily stronger vs the rest of it.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

3.1 - New jack swing comes to Sweden? It's danceable with plenty of color and energy. I hear songs like "Buffalo Stance" play at the Whole Foods and the workers bopping along to the beat, so there's a nostalgic crowd-pleasing element to this type of music. But there are better examples of new jack swing (Janet Jackson's "Control" or even "Cooleyhighharmony" by Boys II Men). And Neneh Cherry's message and attitude are consistently corny and one-note.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

This sounds like a missing link between 80’s pop styles and 90’s alternative pop. “So Here I Come” is a standout and a great example. Dense samples you couldn’t get away with anymore, like De La Soul’s classic lost albums. It’s smart and fun and has things to say. I remember Buffalo Stance and Kisses on the Wind, but there’s a lot more here.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

It's funny because I love the 80s and 90s when it comes to fashion, aesthetic, cars, etc but I feel like those years have wildly differences in music and how well it ages. Some of the sounds from drum machines in this specific era just sound so CORNY now. I've never heard this album or artist before and the most compelling thing I noticed is that she's a chorus master, but the rest of the song just seems kind of blah. A good album, but nothing I want to listen to again

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

hyvää poppia, etenkin a-puoli! ei aivan kasatikolinaa, ei vielä ysärijytää, lisänä vanhentuneen kuulloinen räppi. toimii. edellä aikaansa? tulee fiilis, että Nylon beat on ottanu paljon tästä. mutta se lienee vaan tämä yleis-pre-ysäri-girlpower.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

this album is catchy as hell!!!!!!! get funky, baby!!!! all things considered, this is an 80s pop record. it's got the familiar drum loops, that iconic 80s synth, and all the catchiness of its contemporaries. it's also got a little bit of rap in there?? unfortunately, pop-rap from this era is incredibly cheesy, and she's got that 'i went to the hat store today' flow a little bit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1bbBqnG_cg) neneh cherry's most familiar contemporary is madonna, and it's easy to see why the two would draw comparison, but i feel like this album has a little bit more to say than most of madonna's work. "inner city mama" has a whole hell of a lot to say, as does "the next generation." neneh cherry was pregnant while she was writing this album, and you can tell she was looking towards the future when she wrote these lyrics. i liked this one. i don't know if it's gonna go in my regular rotation or anything like that, but i'm glad i got to listen. not necessarily my cup of tea genre-wise, if i'm gonna go 80s i'm gonna get more alternative than this, but as a whole, really not bad.

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

slightly wholesome and extremely dated early 90s female rap. didn't need to have so many tracks, but it's kind of fun listening to SFW rapping to relationship drama over 80s educational tv beats

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Hip hop. Pop

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

takie naciągane trochę

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

A lot boxier than I remembered.

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Wed May 05 2021
2

imm sorry, i know this album is very drag and gay culture but i didnt vibe with it

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Thu Sep 17 2020
2

Buffalo Stance & to a lesser extent Manchild are decent tracks, the rest leaves a lot to be desired, she was definitely on the cutting edge of what would be later early 90s era pop/hiphop

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Fri Oct 23 2020
2

kõik lood suht ühesugused.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
2

Some great energy and messages here, but the tracks could've used some editing -- cut everything by 1-2 min and this would be a much tighter, catchier album

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

4

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

overall not great, but Buffalo Stance is badass

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

Not my style. Repetetive melody, uninteresting lyrics.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

I have no idea what's going on. But this sounds like it was a banger in the 80s. Good for her?

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Stupid

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

No didn't like this one either. Sounded like the soundtrack to a rubbish 90s film.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
2

Mix of good and awful

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Ik heb er niet zoveel mee.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Ik was in mijnnjeugd een verknocht radioluisteraar en top 40 liefhebber. De eerste 4 nummers van deze plaat zijn blijkbaar destijds de singles geweest, want die kon ik nog woordelijk meezingen. En was leuk om weer te horen. Maar allea daarna was meer van hetzelfde of beter: minder van hetzelfde. Heel gedateerde 80's rap.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Mja, vroeger vond ik dit schitterend. Nu vind ik de hits wel te doen, maar voor de rest erg gedateerd en behoorlijk Rick Astley gehalte qua sound.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Afgezien van de hitjes deed het me weinig. De tand der tijd ook slecht doorstaan; klinkt erg gedateerd.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
2

Tja, voor mij nu niet echt een album wat je "gehoord moet hebben", de hitjes zijn voldoende voor mij

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Fri Apr 16 2021
2

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

Not for me

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Got a few tracks in, not as bad as I thought it might be. Not really in the mood for this kinda thing..

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Groovy, but, somehow this album has not aged very well. It has a very 90's pop and early 2000's pop sound.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Not bad per se, just too familiar and too much filler.

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Really didn't like this, just because of the 80s pop sound and high cheese factor. Some of the lyrics were a bit cringe, but some were good. There were a few songs that were a bit political and I liked those because they had more depth. Maybe it would have been better 20 years later with less synth.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

Not my favorite style. Very dated sound. Lyrics don't always rhyme, even though they likely "would" if they were pronounced differently, but for some reason she didn't. Nothing in this album reached out to me as special. Did somewhat like the record scratch sound, but didn't really need an hour of that.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

Hated it when it came out. It was such a lame pop interpretation of hip hop. I thought it might have been an unfair judgement. Nope. It was totally fair. What a POS. In the Demo tracks on Spotify there was a track with a Swedish Roxanne Shanté vibe, but in a good way. It shows she had some promise. But that was it.

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Tue Aug 17 2021
2

Like stepping in a time machine.... fine for what it is (mix of female hip/hop and pop), but definitely not my thing.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

It's a no from me dawg

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Not into this style of music to begin with, but I’ve been doing my best to be objective on these. Unfortunately not much sounds that unique to me here. The 80s sounds in this album have not aged well imo and it’s overshadowed by a whole lot of music in 1989. Benefit of the doubt gives it 2 stars instead of 1, but I didn’t hear much to justify elevating it past 2

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

Eh. Buffalo Stance is good, but one song doesn’t make an album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

More of a 2.5 but just not much there. Very 80s and it's all very similar. Buffalo Stance was cool for some pop nostalgia but I didn't need six minutes of it. Meh.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

A couple of good tracks, but generally not me.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Sooooo I remember when this came out and I basically feel exactly the same way now as I did then: I should probably like this more than I do, but this tracks do nothing for me. :/

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

2 openers that most will recognise and like. The rest is, well... a bit shite.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

I have to be in the mood for 80s pop and synthesisers. I was not in the mood today. Full disclosure: I couldn't make it through the full thing. My review is based on the first four songs.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

All that I loathe about the 80's rolled into one dated-as-fuck sonic package.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
2

Not impressed. I don't like most of the music and I don't find it genre or industry changing.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Sounds really dated. The pop bits hold up a bit better, but the rap-heavy sections have aged poorly.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
2

This was not my bag

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

Umm, no.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

Thought this would be a quick buzz thru, but it reminded me of Will Smith and others so I hit the skip button only a couple of times. Still, I'll never listen again.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Weer een redelijk slappe r&b plaat, iets beter als die van mariah carrey maar totaal niet mijn ding

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Wed Mar 02 2022
2

Even though I enjoyed Queen Latifah's album I got a while back, I still don't think this type of music is entirely my thing

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

"Raw Like Sushi" is Neneh Cherry's debut album. It's a hip-hop album incorporating many different instruments from the trends of the 80's, and has Neneh either singing or rapping. This album's popularity at release was bolstered by the hit single "Buffalo Stance" that took the world by storm. I appreciated the classic 80's hip-hop sound, paired with the beautiful rhymes by Neneh. However, this is not an album that I would add to my collection, based off of my preferences.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

Não curti muito mas tem seus méritos 😅

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

What could generously be called an eclectic mix of styles or truthfully: throw enough shit at a wall and see if it sticks. 80's R&B/pop with lame attempts at rapping. Once again, more proof that the 80's was fairly dire for mainstream music. Best Tracks: Buffalo Stance; Manchild; Kisses on the Wind

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

This one was a slog. I managed to finish it so it gets a 2, but I am really not into 80s/90s hip hop

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

So dated. Nothing that sounds great these years later besides her nice voice. Not a total waste, still interesting to peruse through it, so it's saved from the dreaded 1...

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

I said I would give everything album on this list a chance, but I just don't like this. It's not bad, I just don't like the style. I couldn't listen to the whole thing.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

This album made me smile, and I’m not a fan.

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Fri May 06 2022
2

Oh boy, does this album broadcast 1989, or what? The videos for some of the tracks are a perfect encapsulation of that point in time for popular music. Other than recognizing a time period, I don't have much in common with who this record was written for. I like understanding different cultural perspectives, but this is not music I would choose to listen to. Once was enough.

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Unbelievably 90s 2.5

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

The sound of this record is very dated and doesn't hold up at all. The rapping was mediocre and I wasn't a fan of her voice. I did not enjoy this album.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
2

I’m surprised this came out in 1989. This sounds like much older (late 70s or really 80s) rap both lyrically and musically. It was an ok album, kind of generic lyrics.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

not my thing, soz

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

Mñe, no mi estilo pero bien. 2

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Thu Aug 25 2022
2

this sucks expect manchild was kinda nice

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