Tuesday, December 09, 2008

2008 Top-20 Countdown - No.12

Grace Jones - Hurricane
If you thought Portishead's eleven or Kate Bush's twelve years between albums were too many, how about nineteen? Yes, that is how many years it took Grace Jones, the black diva of music and fashion to return with new material after 1989's Bulletproof Heart. And what a treat she got for us! Sounding as if she had hardly left the stage, her new album brims with brilliantly crafted tunes, showcasing her unique ability to mesmerise the listener with her uncanny voice and bravado. Helped by an army of excellent collaborators, like Brian Eno, Tricky, Sly & Robbie, Tony Allen and Wendy & Lisa, the flamboyant Jamaican-born Grace is more personal than ever on this record, with her family being one of the focal points. The reggae beats of some tunes will remind one of her previous work, while the Massive Attack influence in the overall sound of the album is more poignant in the track "Devil In My Life" with it's Craig Armstrong-styled strings in the finale, and "Corporate Cannibal", the first gloom-&-doom single of the record. This is one of those that will get stuck in repeat in your player. And it is worth every single second of it.









6 comments:

  1. OMG! thanks for sharing this.. I have to get her new album.. Very exciting.

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  2. den exo akousei ton disko akoma
    alla to williams blood apo to remix
    ton aeroplane m aresei poly

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  3. Πολύ καλό... την είχα ξεχάσει εντελώς.

    υγ. πάω να ψάξω να το κατεβάσω

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  4. much to my surprise she made an incredible album

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  5. έπαιζε ακόμα και να πάω Λομδίνο να τη δω (καλά, δε θα πήγαινα μόνο για τη Grace...), αλλά τελικά εδόθη άκυρο. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον το Hurricane

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  6. @Concret Commentator: get it ASAP!

    @kapetank: είναι όντως υπέροχο, το παίζω στο Νίκης 35.

    @mamma: και δεν είσαι η μόνη!

    @ethan: Indeed!!!

    @kostasK: Είναι όντως - τι κρίμα που δεν πήγες!

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