Posted by: Steve Coplan | February 28, 2006

Cornershop back in the mix

I saw Cornershop back in 1997 when they somehow managed to get included in the JVC Jazz Festival and performed in a parking lot next to the World Financial Center. The vocalist Tjinder Singh must have some deep social anxiety – he never makes eye contact with the audience. His only communication the entire concert was about after the third or fourth song he said: “We’ve heard New York audiences need to be spoken to.” Still, it was one of the best concerts I’ve been to, and there wasn’t a bad track on the album. Funky, intelligent, earnest without being preachy, and just really easy to listen to over and over again.
When I Was Born for the Seventh Time

Unfortunately, all subsequent performances have been a bust, and while the follow up albums and Tjinder Singh’s solo effort Clinton are always worth a listen, they just never forged new territory like ‘When I Was Born for the Seventh Time.”

So it’s with some trepidation that I await the release of the next Cornershop album after a hiatus of four years. They have released a few singles – Topknot, Hot Rocks and Wop the Groove – that certainly leave some scope for optimism, but equally don’t stop you in your tracks. Have they adequately managed expectations?

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