Grace Jones – Hurricane (2008)

The unique performer’s first studio album since 1989’s “Bulletproof Heart,” “Hurricane” finds Grace Jones at her most majestic, commanding and vaguely menacing. From the opening song “This Is,” Jones announces her return as though it were a warning to her foes, including lines like “This my voice, my weapon of choice” and “This is me, I’m flying again” casting herself as something of a phoenix rising from the ashes, but entirely on her own terms. Along with other tracks like “Corporate Cannibal,” the album has a pronounced angry edge on its surface, while other tracks like “Love You to Life” and “Devil in My Life” instead point to a number of wounds that are healed but unforgotten. It’s one of the best R&B albums of the 2000s, and it’s a shame that it hasn’t connected with the wider audience it deserves.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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