Neneh Cherry is arguably one of the more diverse artists making pop music today. For three-plus decades now she's offered her own unique twist on pop that stretches effortlessly beyond its conventional constraints, creating something challenging and beautiful at the same time (her debut Raw Like Sushi is a classic in its own right and the best place to start).

The same holds true for her fifth album, Broken Politics. Here, she continues to blur boundaries between genres with ease, pulling various styles into a single space creating something of a communal experience. Which is appropriate given how increasing dysfunctional our world is feeling as a whole.

As the title suggests it's an album that takes on difficult and often hot-button topics filtered through a personal lens. Co-written with her longtime collaborator (and husband) Cameron McVey, Cherry explores everything from abortion and post-colonialism to gun violence and womanhood in the 21st century.

As with 2014's Blank Project, Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) produces once again and this time around he shifts the sound in an entirely different direction. Where that album was, as Cherry describes it "angrier and forceful" Broken Politics stands out for how much quieter and reflective it is.

'Synchronised Devotion' is a hushed ballad where elegant pianos and little ripples of xylophones create a fluttering rhythm and 'Faster Than The truth'--a song that could just as easily be about the rapid spread of misinformation in our increasingly toxic perpetual news cycle--rides a sputtering beat that settles comfortably into the background with organ-like keys creating a contemplative mood.

Considering he mostly made use of a laptop with few organic instruments, Four Tet's production is surprisingly luxuriant. The dubwise 'Kong' (co-produced by Massive Attack's 3D) glistens with the trickling of a piano and a warm string section and 'Black Monday' glides along a smattering of strings, bells, and chimes and a grimy trip-hop beat.

Given the laid-back pacing, 'Natural Skin Deep' is a welcome (and much needed) burst of energy, exploding with playful steel drums, a blaring air horn, and an undeniably funky groove. Where the production shines the most though is in Cherry's voice itself. She's always had a distinct and powerful delivery that's as equally captivating and throughout Broken Politics, it's given plenty of room to freely soar.

Given the occasionally bleak nature of the songs, Broken Politics isn't overwhelming or pessimistic, instead, it's defiantly hopeful and in increasingly hopeless feeling times, that in itself is refreshing.

It doesn't offer any real answers or solutions, nor should it have to. Instead, it offers something more valuable than other albums exploring heavily topical subjects occasionally lack: empathy. Which is something we could all use in these fraught times.