But talent and creativity run in the family. Son of Don and brother of Neneh, this affable Swede was an aspiring actor before stumbling over a guitar.
For the follow-up to Desireless, Cherry enlisted Rick Rubin as a co-producer and put together a lively, though hardly groundbreaking collection of tunes. The after-effect of working with members of Prodigy and the Dust Brothers is in evidence, as is his penchant for a catchy hook. "Are We Still Having Fun?" is a churning rocker, played fast and furious, while "Together" is both funky and sinister. A subtle, subversive slide guitar underscores "One Good Reason."
Present/Future includes the previously released Santana collaboration "Wishing It Was," as well as a welcome guest spot from sister Neneh on "Long Way Around," who is overdue for a release of her own.
Cherry sells himself short on the album's first single "Feels So Right," which really doesn't. The lyrics are simplistic and predictable.
Eagle-Eye Cherry plays Mon., Nov. 5, at the Cotton Club.