Monday, November 03, 2008

Grace Jones Review on JC Report

Put An Album On: Grace Jones Returns Like A Hurricane
November 3rd, 2008 | Global

Hurricane's dark and monotone disco beat signals the return of Grace Jones. Her first album in 19 years is a replica of the disco diva herself—slick, hard and infectious. And on opener "This Is Life," Grace makes it clear she won't be taking any prisoners, singing: "This is my voice, my weapon of choice."

Jones' temperament is legendary—if she's not hitting music journalists on live television, she's trying to kiss them, as one unwitting British writer recently found out. And yet, her music's hypnotic beat ultimately lulls you into Jones' world, and you sort of want to stay. Soundtrack composer Ivor Guest produced the Jamaica-born star, but Hurricane has a long list of contributors, including Brian Eno and Tricky as well as reggae producers Sly and Robbie. The album is a diverse collection of songs—some up to ten-years-old—but it maintains a focused sound. 

Jones also manages to get personal, especially on tracks such as "Williams' Blood," which sees her dealing with her father's religious and disciplinarian background, and "I'm Crying (My Mother's Tears)," where Jones dissects memories from her mother's youth.

She may have had an almost two decade-long album absence, but with Hurricane the now 60-years-old Jones manages to keep her own myth alive.

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—David Hellqvist

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