Hurricane

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Sep 30, 2011
    60
    Although Guest's interpretations work well as an accompaniment piece, it's the return-to-form original (also included here in its entirety) which remains the more essential listen.
  2. Sep 7, 2011
    60
    It's good enough to warrant the inevitable "return to form" and "comeback" labels, good enough to make you appreciate Jones all over again. Take a step back, though, and it is far from perfect. At times it escapes embarrassment by the skin of its teeth.
  3. Uncut
    80
    It bubbles with conviction, the mock-fearsome, statuesque diva loading her lyrics with Prince-like panche. [Nov 2008, p.105]
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    For the most part it's a decent but needless reworking of her Compass Point trilogy of albums from the early '80s. [Nov 2008, p.117]
  5. Mojo
    Sep 29, 2011
    40
    Here, the tunes are dubbed to within an inch of their lives, reduced to fiddly-for-fiddling's-sake electronic bleeps and riffs. [Oct 2011, p.100]
  6. Mojo
    60
    Jones's fans with long memories will certainly want to hear the first four tracks, but the robustness, of sound, modernity of arrangement and cool, hard, clarity of distinctive delivery that once suggested her style would always sound fresh just fades away. [Nov 2008, p.110]
  7. In revisiting the production of her '80s records she paradoxically produces something that sounds timeless.
  8. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    For longtime fans, a dubbed-out Grace Jones begets an exotic retelling of her myth, like painting a Sherman tank in watercolours - sure it's pretty, but under those runny dub brushstokes is hidden a killing machine.
  9. It is, without a doubt, the work of a superstar returning from the shadows.
  10. It starts strongly, but peters out, delivering a kind of Sealed Knot of Jones' classic style.
  11. Sep 6, 2011
    75
    Jones co-wrote all the material, and it shrewdly plays to her age and experience (she's 63), like a latter-day Marianne Faithfull with a Jamaican tinge and more of a bellow than a croak.
  12. 80
    Jones has always savored extremes, and here, she's alternately demonic (the toothy gleam of 'Corporate Cannibal') and angelic (the gloriously autobiographical 'Williams' Blood').
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    Sep 29, 2011
    75
    Get down, demon lady! [Sep 2011, p.137]
  14. 70
    All in all, Hurricane is a worthy collection of music for Jones at this point of her career; we should hope it's the start of a new era for the icon rather than just a one-off release.
  15. Sep 1, 2011
    60
    Even when she strays into overwrought moodiness during the disc's trip-hoppy second half, her menacing omnipotence has a way of willing you onward.
  16. Sep 6, 2011
    77
    The new versions amp up the bass and echo, often sounding like the original album when heard from a particularly foreboding shower stall.
  17. It may sound beside the point to exclaim that Jones sounds as good as she looks, or vice versa, but she's always been as attentive to her image as her performance, so I don't think she'd take issue with me praising Hurricane by calling it as lean, mean, and close to the bone as she herself remains.
  18. Sep 8, 2011
    82
    Her throaty vocals and winsome lyrics recall the Jamaican patois and patience of her youth, while the title track shows off a Grace Jones delighting in a frightening form of future-forward decadence.
  19. While never as life-changing as these memories clearly were, Hurricane succeeds in its sheer force of conviction.
  20. 100
    No one intones like the stentorian Warhol muse -- and then she breaks into vibrato-driven song, throbbing and strong.
  21. The Wire
    60
    'Corporate Cannibal' is the exception, and Jones, a miracle of nature at Meltdown, proves more fallible on Hurricane. [Nov 2008, p.64]
  22. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    Hurricane is her first new album since 1989, and it's her best ever.
  23. 88
    F*ck Hurricane Irene - Hurricane Grace is this year's force to be reckoned with.
  24. The cast includes Sly & Robbie, Brian Eno, Tricky, Wendy & Lisa, and aristocratic former lover Ivor Guest, who brings his experience as a soundtrack composer to an album rich with cinematic splendor.
  25. Sep 6, 2011
    80
    Hurricane Dub is the original album chopped and screwed and recorded at the bottom of the sea, all murky bass, Jones' deep voice and rasta-twangy guitar.
  26. Hurricane shatters the illusion, and flattens the force of nature known as Grace Jones into something quite humdrum.
  27. 80s clubland legend Grace Jones returns with Hurricane, a patchy but fascinating comeback record.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 18, 2014
    10
    'Hurricane' is a biggest comeback by a veteran artist! Grace Jones's imagination it so dark and powerful that made me feel like I was inside'Hurricane' is a biggest comeback by a veteran artist! Grace Jones's imagination it so dark and powerful that made me feel like I was inside the hell and on the same time on heaven. This is amazing!!! Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2012
    8
    One of the best comeback albums an artist could make. Veteran Grace fans will instantly recognize it's her and her style upon first listen.One of the best comeback albums an artist could make. Veteran Grace fans will instantly recognize it's her and her style upon first listen. Nearly 23 years after "Bulletproof Heart", Grace Jones still has that magic. Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2017
    10
    this could be one of her very best comeback, its weirdness makes this album look like a kind of spectacular time-bomb, that's the way creativity goes.