Grace Jones: Living My Life (Island)
Laura Fissinger, Creem, March 1983
CLEARLY, WE are dealing here with a case of Persona, in this case as outsized as War And Peace. And static too — who, recently, has really worried about warming up to Grace Jones? She has been written off (mostly by white male heteros) as a great ex-fashion-model-cum-dominatrix who does bad disco with good musicians. Big bad black Grace, with more physical majesty than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Given that kind of image, the actual music has to work overtime to matter — hell, to even get noticed at all.
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