A Sweet yet Fiery Essence

PERFORMER: NENEH CHERRY

ALBUM: HOMEBREW

LABEL: VIRGIN

THE BOTTOM LINE: The singer-rapper paints poignant, street-smart scenes of life, love and urban reality.

One minute she is tender, singing with a lilt as soft and sweet as cotton candy. The next she drives her points home by rapping tart, in-your-face rhymes as pungent as picante salsa. Afro-British singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry, 27, exhibited this sweet yet fiery (and fervently feminist) demeanor on her memorable 1989 debut album, Raw Like Sushi. The alluring dichotomy continues on her sensational new release, Homebrew. Call it the essence of being Neneh.

The album, co-produced in first-rate fashion...

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