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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Hurricane' (Play It Again Sam)
Artist - Grace Jones

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and actress, Grace Jones [A View To A Kill] has just released Hurricane, a new album of original material, in the US this September via PIAS America.

Produced by Jones and Ivor Guest, her first release in 20 years, Hurricane has already received widespread praise in the UK and Europe where it was released in 2009! The release also comes complete here in the US with a brand new dub version of the entire album included.

"This is my voice, my weapon of choice," Jones first sings on the very tuneful 'This Is' from the full-length first disc. The next song, 'Williams Blood' have already emerged as a hit in the UK and Europe, and it's easy to see/hear why. It's classic, confined Jones at her finest and comes with a gospel choir closure. "I don't want to say too much more, but Grace Jones is a phenomenal singer," intro's the announcer at what sounds like a small live gig, before 'Corporate Cannibal' (another hit single in the UK and Europe - and with a fantastic video directed by Nick Hooker) is brought forth.

With a cultural legacy that has defined popular culture over the last 35 years, Jones next brings us the Jamaican-flavored 'I'm Crying (Mother's Tears),' a fantastic song, and for my money one of the best on the album. Next is 'Well, Well, Well' (which pretty much speaks for itself lyrically!), before the title track - which, sadly doesn't stick around inside your head for very long.

'Love You To Life' is another true throwback to her '80s heyday, with the Latin-flavored 'Sunset Sunrise' and 'Devil In My Life' - a song that gains energy as it goes - wrapping the album up very nicely.

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

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