Raw Like Sushi

Raw Like Sushi is the debut studio album by Swedish musician Neneh Cherry, released 5 June 1989 by Virgin Records.[2] The album includes the commercially successful single "Buffalo Stance".

Raw Like Sushi
Neneh Cherry Raw Like Sushi cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 June 1989
Recorded1988–1989
Studio
Genre
Length46:11 (vinyl)
67:22 (CD)
LabelVirgin
Producer
Neneh Cherry chronology
Raw Like Sushi
(1989)
Homebrew
(1992)
Singles from Raw Like Sushi
  1. "Buffalo Stance"
    Released: 28 November 1988[2]
  2. "Manchild"
    Released: 8 May 1989
  3. "Kisses on the Wind"
    Released: 31 July 1989 (UK)
  4. "Heart"
    Released: November 1989 (US)
  5. "Inna City Mama"
    Released: 11 December 1989

BackgroundEdit

An early version of "Buffalo Stance" appeared on the B-side of the 1986 Stock Aitken Waterman-produced Morgan-McVey single, "Looking Good Diving", titled "Looking Good Diving with the Wild Bunch".[3] The single was not successful; however, the B-side was re-recorded with Tim Simenon of Bomb the Bass, and became the version of "Buffalo Stance" that was a worldwide hit, reaching #3 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] #3 on the Billboard Hot 100[5] and #1 in the Netherlands[6] and Sweden.[7] The album also contains the #8 US[5] (and #20 UK[4]) hit "Kisses on the Wind", and the #5 UK hit "Manchild".[4]

All musicians and programmers are credited in the album sleeve, however Cameron McVey, Cherry's husband, is credited as "Booga Bear". Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja co-wrote "Manchild", and fellow member Andrew Vowles aka DJ Mushroom performs on "Kisses on the Wind", "The Next Generation" and "So Here I Come". "My Bitch" is a vocal duet with Gilly G.

The cover and inner photos were shot by fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino.

MusicEdit

Raw Like Sushi is distinctive for its eclectic mix of genres, incorporating influences from across the trends of 1980s pop music. Cherry sings and raps accompanied by a diverse set of sounds, including pianos, synthesizers, brass instruments, guitars, and go-go percussion. The album's lyrical themes are influenced by Cherry's experiences of motherhood, and her education and upbringing.[8]

When it was released, the album was favorably compared to Madonna and Prince, though it did not reach similar popularity.

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
Chicago Tribune    [9]
Los Angeles Times     [10]
Mojo     [11]
NME9/10[12]
Pitchfork8.0/10[8]
Q     [13]
Rolling Stone     [14]
Spin Alternative Record Guide9/10[15]
The Village VoiceA−[16]

NME critic David Quantick praised Raw Like Sushi as "the sort of record you can rarely buy – immediate, commercial pop that only someone with a rather individual worldview could have made", highlighting its unconventional song structures and Cherry's "wit, intelligence and even maturity."[12] Selina Webb of British music newspaper Music Week called it "eclectic, wholesome, a subtly teasing collection of provoking yet pouting songs", "a confident manifesto from refreshing new pop diva."[17] Pete Clark of Hi-Fi News & Record Review said that Cherry's music "is illuminated by a jazzy delight in non-conformity" and singled out "effortlessly memorable" "Buffalo Stance" and "Manchild".[18] As per Chris Murray of RPM "this package contains something for any contemporary dance music fan."[19]

Raw Like Sushi was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[20]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey (Booga Bear), except where indicated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Buffalo Stance"
5:42
2."Manchild"3:51
3."Kisses on the Wind" 3:57
4."Inna City Mamma"
  • McVey
  • Cherry
  • Phil Chill
4:50
5."The Next Generation" 5:04
6."Love Ghetto" 4:27
7."Heart" 5:08
8."Phoney Ladies" 3:52
9."Outré Risqué Locomotive"
  • McVey
  • Cherry
  • Will Malone
5:04
10."So Here I Come"
  • McVey
  • Cherry
  • Chill
4:02
11."My Bitch" (bonus track) 5:26
12."Heart (It's a Demo)" (bonus track) 4:52
13."Buffalo Stance (Sukka Mix)" (bonus track)
  • Morgan
  • McVey
  • Cherry
  • Ramacon
5:20
14."Manchild (The Old School Mix)" (bonus track)
  • McVey
  • Cherry
  • Del Naja
5:30

Note

  • Tracks 1–10 were on the original LP. In the United Kingdom, tracks 11–14 were on the CD release while tracks 13 and 14 were on the tape cassette album.

PersonnelEdit

  • Neneh Cherry – lead vocals, programming
  • Sandy McLelland – backing vocals on "Inna City Mamma", "Love Ghetto" and "Phoney Ladies"
  • Chandra Armstead – backing vocals on "Outré Risqué Locomotive"
  • Eagle-Eye Cherry – toasting on "Heart"
  • Sarah Erde – Hispanic vocals on "Kisses on the Wind"
  • Cameron "Booga Bear" McVey – backing vocals, executive producer, mixing, beats on "Manchild"
  • Phil Chill – programming, beats, backing vocals on "The Next Generation"
  • Claudia Fontaine – backing vocals on "Kisses on the Wind"
  • Nellee Hooper – vibraphone
  • Jerod Minnies – guitar on "Love Ghetto"
  • Alvin Moody – beats and programming on "Outré Risqué Locomotive"
  • Nick Plytas – programming
  • Jeff Scantlebury – congas on "Kisses on the Wind"
  • John Sharp – programming on "Manchild"
  • Tim Simenon – beats and turntables on "Buffalo Stance" and "Heart"
  • Dynamik Duo – beats
  • Mark Saunders – multi-instruments, beats on "Buffalo Stance"
  • Wil Malone – conductor, programming, string arrangements on "Manchild", backing vocals
  • Gordon Dukes – backing vocals on "Outré Risqué Locomotive"
  • Mushroom – programming, turntables on "Kisses on the Wind", "The Next Generation" and "So Here I Come"
Technical

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Certifications and sales for Raw Like Sushi
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[42] Gold 50,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[43] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[44] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[45] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Platinum 300,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 2,000,000[46]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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