11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anchored by his trademark sonic curiosity, Prince’s 2015 album is a glorious free jam of styles. The master’s lascivious R&B lies at its core, but there’s an EDM flirtation that’s endlessly intriguing. Rita Ora assists on the fuzzed-up, defiant “Ain’t About 2 Stop,” “Mr. Nelson” takes it cues from several international dance floors, while “1000 X’s and O’s” (a song originally intended for Rosie Gaines) is an effortless slow jam fit to grind with Prince’s very best.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anchored by his trademark sonic curiosity, Prince’s 2015 album is a glorious free jam of styles. The master’s lascivious R&B lies at its core, but there’s an EDM flirtation that’s endlessly intriguing. Rita Ora assists on the fuzzed-up, defiant “Ain’t About 2 Stop,” “Mr. Nelson” takes it cues from several international dance floors, while “1000 X’s and O’s” (a song originally intended for Rosie Gaines) is an effortless slow jam fit to grind with Prince’s very best.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
241 Ratings
241 Ratings
Dream331 ,

Wishing For Less

Let me first say that I am a HUGE Prince fan and have been from the beginning(Pre-Purple Rain). Meaning that, he's pretty much the only artist that I can say I've seen for this many years from beginning to now and thru all the many stages and phases that is Prince. I just wish this phase could sort of go away. Which phase you might ask? All of this over-produced, over-processed and lacking of real for lack of a better word, soul.. He captures it live but for some reason in the studio the final product comes out sort of watered down, if you will. I've heard this complaint coming from others and now I have to finally say I agree. I only liked two songs off this record, 1000 X's and June. The rest sounds stale to me, kind of like the album cover.. Hate to be so hard because to me he's the most gifted musician, artist, performer on the planet. My final thought- I often wonder about how he likes to say "real music played by real musicians." If that's the case, why not leave out all the studio tricks? Not to go off topic but it's kind of why I wish that if he did use another pair of ears, aka a producer, he would use D'Angelo and/or Questlove or Dam-Funk or Van Hunt, etc. but I digress.. Vocally he still sounds amazing but production-wise? Lost it for a while now.. Remember those daring productions of tester-year..ahhh.. I wish Prince would take advice from his hair; GO NATURAL!!! Be daring, you've got zero to lose… Peace.

KenMcCullagh ,

Overproduced & underwhelmed...

Basically a collection of re-worked "vault" songs and re-mixes of stuff off last years far superior "ArtOfficialAge" and "Plectrum Electrum." WAY over produced by Prince's new 25 year old producer in hopes of getting played in the clubs where the young kids dance. All in all, a somewhat "cool" addition to last year's releases but not at all strong enough to stand up alone... dig?

MHenson_16 ,

The Funky One Back Again

Prince has really done it again. Proving he doesn't have to make 4 and 5 minute pop hits to make an outstanding album. For people that are expecting Purple Rain Prince you will be very very disappointed. This is a very experimental album. He touches Rap, EDM, Rock, Pop, and those slow jams we all enjoy from Prince. Go into listening to this new album with a clear mind of the Prince you're used to hearing, and you are sure to appreciate this album for all of its experimentations. Stand out tracks are "X's Face", "Like a Mack" , "HardRockLover", "1,000 X's & O's", & "Ain't About to Stop" Keep Rockin Prince!

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