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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Uncut NOVEMBER 2008 - by Chris Roberts
GRACE JONES: HURRICANE
Pop icon pulls back up to the bumper, baby.
Imposing groove-queen Jones, now sixty, announced her return this summer with a flamboyant, roof-raising Meltdown appearance. Several 1990s work-outs were shelved, but this album's cooking, cross-fertilised as its sound is with Massive Attack (curators of that Meltdown). It bubbles with energy and conviction, the mock-fearsome, statuesque diva loading her lyrics with prince-like panache. Eno and Sly & Robbie guest, but it's that steamy/chilly voice - "you can't save a wretch like me" - that cracks the whip. Williams Blood is a thunderous, twitchy confessional, the laser-sharp rhythms laced with vibrant, vitriolic personality.