- Words: Tomas Palermo
- Label: Tent
- XLR8R Rating: 6/10
Stockholm’s Cirkus are genre-bender Neneh Cherry’s latest inspired vessel. While Cherry’s passionate singing/rapping steals the spotlight, her talented cohorts are no slouches–acoustic guitar, turntablism, and teenager Lolita Moon’s rich vocals add color and depth to Laylower’s electronic singer-songwriter blend. Massive Attack, Groove Armada, and Psychonauts paved the way for Cirkus’ pop-dance hybrids, but like kindred spirit Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Cherry’s vocal delivery and provocative lyrics demand the listener’s attention. Wallpaper music this ain’t. Songs like “You’re Such An…” are as arresting as they are catchy. Still, you’ll have to skip over a few duds on Laylower to find the real gems as Cirkus negotiates its own stylistic high-wire act.
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