Boomkat Product Review:
*Reissued with a bonus, Hi-Tech dubbed version by original 'Hurricane' producer Ivor Guest* With her first new album in four years, and quite easily her best in much longer, Grace Jones makes a welcome return to her musical roots with a new set for Wall Of Sound. Reuniting her with the original riddim twins Sly & Robbie is a genius move, giving the album a head start from the beginning and as soon as the rhythm kicks in on 'This Is' with a slick reggaefied strafe any fears are dashed as your legs begin to twitch. Jones' vocal performance is as string as ever, with her steely cold delivery polished to perfection. 'William's Blood' is a richly sweet and sour tale of Jones' beginnings, switching between pomped pop and gospel, and current single 'Corporate Cannibal' is darkly gothic pop-industrial with shades of Massive Attack. 'Well Well Well' is a definite album highlight with Sly & Robbie on funky point, never quite as thrilling as her seminal early work but supporting the song well enough. The Tricky collaboration unfortunately smells slightly flatulant, with a too modern-sounding bassline not suited to Jones' classic vocals, and the electronic trickery sounding out of place, relegating Tricky's contribution to a whisper-come-hock somewhere in the background. The finest tracks are easily the slinky pairings between Jones and her original rhythm section, setting slinky patterns to match their orator, but the production from a team including Brian Eno, Ivor Guest and Robert Logan is superbly executed throughout. For fans missing the sound of old Grace Jones, you know you're never going to get that back, but they've come somewhere close and this is definitely worth a listen.