Broken Politics, on Smalltown Supersound. It’s a far cry from her own early days touring Europe at 14 with her stepfather, fusion trumpeter Don Cherry, as she’s been developing her art ever since. Broken Politics, produced by Kieran Hebden, is admittedly more reflective than the albums that have come before for Cherry — but as her life and art are so storied, it’s a record that’s literally a record of everything that’s come before in her life, unspooling as an endless groove playing forward from the center.
The phenomenon of young kids leaving home to win the fortunes of punk rock is much like how kids used to run away to join the circus. There’s young Philip Best stealing away to join Whitehouse in Spain; the teen menaces in Eater; even the pint-sized Reagan haters of Old Skull. Neneh Cherry has a new album out —