CD Hurricane [Grace Jones] [CD] [1 disc] [5413356575026] (CD 4427323),
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Hurricane [Grace Jones] [CD] [1 disc] [5413356575026]

  • 1. This is
    2. Williams' Blood
    3. Corporate Cannibal
    4. I'm Crying (Mother's Tears)
    5. Well Well Well
    6. Hurricane
    7. Love You To Life
    8. Sunset Sunrise
    9. Devil In My Life
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50

  • Credits
    ProducerIvor Guest; Sly & Robbie; Tricky; Brian Eno

    After 19 years, Grace Jones finally released a new studio album, and it's a weird one, nostalgic and timeless in equal measure. Her collaborators (including Brian Eno, Tricky, Wendy & Lisa, Sly & Robbie, Tony Allen, and others) set up instrumental backdrops that explicitly recall not only her own early-'80s albums, but also those albums' influence on the later work of Massive Attack, Tricky, et al. At the same time, Jones' old lyrical persona -- the androgynous cyber-demon who uses scorn as an erotic weapon -- has been largely abandoned; only on "Corporate Cannibal" does that version of her reappear, atop a track that sounds inspired by Massive Attack's "Inertia Creeps." Instead, we get a nostalgic, autobiographical Grace Jones, which is interesting and pretty much totally unexpected. The songs "William's Blood" and "I'm Crying (Mother's Tears)" find the now 60-year-old Jones looking back on her childhood in Jamaica, recalling her mother singing in church and comforting her as a nightmare-stricken little girl. Her voice changes on these songs; her accent grows thicker, abandoning the female-Terminator delivery of classic tracks like "Nightclubbing" and "Pull Up to the Bumper" in favor of a voice that's like a more gravelly Sister Carol. Of course, age has put a few crinkles into her throaty delivery, which helps when she ramps up the aggression on songs like "This Is" and the title track (a collaboration with Tricky); she's as scary as ever, when she wants to be. A calculated look back to her glory days and even earlier, Hurricane is possibly Grace Jones' most focused artistic statement and a worthy sequel to her classic early-'80s albums. ~ Phil Freeman

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.81) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jones has always savored extremes, and here, she's alternately demonic and angelic."
    The Wire (p.72) - "Sly's drums and Sticky's percussion is spare, sometimes stark and sometimes entering with a shocking surge."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Guest breaks down these tracks, reassembles them, splices and splinters, magnifies and reduces them to granular dust as Jones' vocals rear up and reverberate, a hologram amid an intricate hall of mirrors."
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