Blank Project


Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. The songs are sparky and Cherry is in excellent voice as she raps, sings and swings against the sparse, drum and bass-style backing orchestrated by Four Tet.
  2. Feb 18, 2014
    It’s rare that you get an album by an established artist that genuinely shocks and irrevocably repositions them. Blank Project is one of those albums. This is a hugely significant return.
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    Neneh Cherry has been making music for 25 years now, but Blank Project proves that she’s absolutely free of any signs of creative stagnation.
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    Blank Project represents one of those rarefied moments in which an established artist meets the expectations set by her previous career, and then exceeds them in the most exciting, tangential of ways, resulting in something thrillingly different, hella moody, and deeply exciting.
  5. Feb 24, 2014
    From front to back, Blank Project is riveting uneasy listening.
  6. 90
    It really is a stunning record, a completely unexpected treat and an album of the year contender, no doubt.
  7. Mar 3, 2014
    The album captures the artist in scintillating form with its potent mesh-up of gutsy inventiveness and great maturity.
  8. 83
    Blank Project never aims for luxuriance. Neneh Cherry instead undertakes-- and nails--a riskier feat: a reflection on midlife that sounds both wise and inventive.
  9. Mar 6, 2014
    Lyrically, this may be the work of a 49 year-old woman, with its ruminations on family, married life and paying the bills, but, in terms of its energy and sheer lust for life, it could not sound fresher.
  10. Feb 26, 2014
    There is no decline, no irrelevance. Blank Project is Cherry’s finest album, and proves she is an artist still on an upward trajectory.
  11. Feb 26, 2014
    It's a major work, one that confirms that she's only marginal in the sense that she's vibrating on her own wavelength, way out at the edge of the spectrum.
  12. Feb 25, 2014
    Recorded in five days with producer Four Tet and musical duo RocketNumberNine, the disc maintains a raw, improvisatory feel.
  13. Feb 24, 2014
    From the haunting '422', with its echoing chimes, to the dark electro-pop of 'Out of the Black' which features a great guest vocal from Robyn, there are too many stand out moments to take in in just one listen.
  14. Feb 24, 2014
    This record is rammed full of fantastically fresh and challenging beats and bears the hallmarks of Cherry's streetwise style.
  15. Feb 24, 2014
    There are so many things here that shouldn’t mix, but the brute force of Cherry’s personality smooths them.
  16. 80
    This new music sounds fresh, vibrant and effortless.
  17. Feb 24, 2014
    It’s a stark but warm-blooded product of avant-garde pop, just the sort of album you might have once hoped for from Ms. Cherry, whose singing is still limber and unlabored, earthy but cool.
  18. Feb 24, 2014
    There's a good deal to enjoy here.
  19. Feb 21, 2014
    The glue between ten ambitious tracks, she holds her own and sounds more relevant than ever.
  20. Feb 20, 2014
    The result is incredibly potent and human.
  21. Feb 20, 2014
    A bold and adventurous album.
  22. Q Magazine
    Feb 18, 2014
    A dream partnership. [Mar 2014, p.110]
  23. Feb 18, 2014
    It’s as beguiling and bewitching as you’d expect.
  24. Mojo
    Feb 18, 2014
    This lean, hungry and impeccably intense record is everything the involvement of those collaborators [RocketNumberNine & Kieran Hebden] might lead you to hope for, and a lot more besides. [Mar 2014, p.95]
  25. Feb 24, 2014
    The album, and the woman steering it, are not only comfortable with their eccentricities but strengthened by them, and the effect is enthralling.
  26. 75
    The ten tracks here can feel a bit weighty when played in succession, especially with “Weightless” and “422” each running about a minute too long. The final three tracks (“Out of the Black”, “Dossier”, and “Everything”) go a long way to ease that issue.
  27. Feb 25, 2014
    Here Cherry proves that comeback [2012's That Cherry Thing] was no fluke.
  28. Feb 21, 2014
    Minor quibbles aside, for the most part Blank Project shares the same timeless quality as her best work and sees a mature and engaging return for one of pop's true originals. [Feb/Mar 2014, p.70]
  29. The Wire
    Mar 26, 2014
    Blank Project sounds like an empowered foundation stone for her next steps. [Feb 2014, p.44]
  30. 70
    It’s a very puzzling record, but the last thing you should do is try and puzzle it out: just go with it and you’ll find its strange charms working much more quickly than you might have thought at first.
  31. Feb 25, 2014
    Produced with finesse by Four Tet, whose ability to mix live drum grooves and electronic muscle is unrivaled, it's music that beats its own path, brilliantly.
  32. Feb 25, 2014
    Most songs are unfettered, with demo-quality mixes, a bare minimum of instrumentation, and over-exposed live drumming. Split between improvisatory and electronically assisted, the album's 10 songs navigate a raw zone.
  33. Feb 21, 2014
    After 17 odd years of making solo albums, Neneh Cherry surfaces with the force of a jab rather than an uppercut. We appreciate the contact regardless.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 8, 2014
    Pretty much the best comeback of the year with stunning tracks like 'Blank Project' ' Cynical' 'Dossier' and '422' anyway the whole album isPretty much the best comeback of the year with stunning tracks like 'Blank Project' ' Cynical' 'Dossier' and '422' anyway the whole album is perfection. Best album of 2014. Hands down! Full Review »
  2. Mar 5, 2014
    There's like 2 or 3 good tracks here, but they're not enough to make this album remarkable in any way. These tracks are: Naked, Spit ThreeThere's like 2 or 3 good tracks here, but they're not enough to make this album remarkable in any way. These tracks are: Naked, Spit Three Times, and 422. Full Review »