10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You know you're dealing with a major talent when even a collection of unused odds and ends can sound as captivating and coherent as any of that artist's proper releases. Such is the case with The Vault, a collection of previously unreleased cuts pulled together by Warner Bros. after Prince left the label in the mid-'90s. The stylistic consistency of the tunes is all the more striking when you realize they span almost a decade; while they run the gamut from slow-rolling romantic ballads to breathlessly fervid funky workouts, they almost all use a distinctly jazzy brand of R&B full of deceptively effortless-seeming swing and a loose, bluesy vibe. While Prince handles much of the instrumentation himself, as per usual, his horn section is a crucial component of the sound here, perfectly punctuating his every move, from the greasy, swaggering strides of "It's About That Walk" to the bebop breakdown on "She Spoke 2 Me" and the modernized Memphis soul burn of "5 Women." Most of all, Prince sounds like he's having a hell of a lot of fun throughout the album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

You know you're dealing with a major talent when even a collection of unused odds and ends can sound as captivating and coherent as any of that artist's proper releases. Such is the case with The Vault, a collection of previously unreleased cuts pulled together by Warner Bros. after Prince left the label in the mid-'90s. The stylistic consistency of the tunes is all the more striking when you realize they span almost a decade; while they run the gamut from slow-rolling romantic ballads to breathlessly fervid funky workouts, they almost all use a distinctly jazzy brand of R&B full of deceptively effortless-seeming swing and a loose, bluesy vibe. While Prince handles much of the instrumentation himself, as per usual, his horn section is a crucial component of the sound here, perfectly punctuating his every move, from the greasy, swaggering strides of "It's About That Walk" to the bebop breakdown on "She Spoke 2 Me" and the modernized Memphis soul burn of "5 Women." Most of all, Prince sounds like he's having a hell of a lot of fun throughout the album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
89 Ratings
89 Ratings
Ze Paul ,

A vault full of gems

OK we all agree Prince is the number one composer of all times. He is up there with Mozart!! This Vault feels like finding a 50 euro banknote in an old pair of jeans or an gold cufflink we thought it was lost for good. Yes, 5 stars and it would get a sixth if that would be possible.

jpb444 ,

Great collection

I love this album! It is less pop and seems more jazzy-bluesey as a whole than anything else he has released. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it is too short, I often listen to it all the way through twice. I have played this CD for people who claim they don't like Prince, and they love it. A great showcase of an incredible talent's musicianship.

distortion don't let me go ,

Perfect!!!!!!! It's About That Walk!!!

This album is great and i am in love with -It's About That Walk- !!!!! I dance with it all the time the whole album is great!!!

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