Grace Jones, 'Hurricane' (Wall of Sound)

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Hurricane
Critical Mass
Label: Wall of Sound

by Josh Wimmer

"Speak of the Devil, and he will appear," Grace Jones advises on her first album in almost two decades. And it's fair to wonder if the dabblings of sorceress' apprentices Santogold and M.I.A. have summoned up something exquisitely sinister from the past.Jones has always savored extremes, and here, she's alternately demonic (the toothy gleam of "Corporate Cannibal") and angelic (the gloriously autobiographical "Williams' Blood"). On menacing electro-dub opener "This Is," her rhymes lock into place like the high-end components of military-grade armament before exuberantly exploding: "This is me / I'm flying again!" And the centerpiece title track (featuring Tricky) calls up the primal fury of an island storm.

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