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Fact OCTOBER 30, 2008 - by Charlie Jones

GRACE JONES: HURRICANE

I've always thought that if you don't like Grace Jones, you just don't get Grace Jones. Which is a nice way of saying that her output is essentially ancillary to her work. You don't have to enjoy her voice or her music, but you'll still buy it, listen to it and love it. And, of course, this album is as brutally, magnificently Grace as anything she's ever done, with high-camp aggression and sheer personality soaking Corporate Cannibal and 'This Is'.

Actually, maybe that's letting her off lightly: there are some truly terrible productions on this album - I have the words "band from Ally McBeal" written down more than once in my notes - and the retro-disco of Love You To Life sounds rather flat. Not for the first time, she is the one carrying the big name producers (Sly & Robbie and Brian Eno turn up for duties) rather than the other way round, easily dominating rather weak production. It enforces what I've always thought about her: a penchant for soft, mouldable production that can highlight her vocals, rather than complement them. This is a little flat, and, no, it's no Nightclubbing, Slave To The Rhythm or Warm Leatherette. But really, what are you going to do? Not listen to this?


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