The Gold Experience
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The presentation of the music is set up to be like you're clicking your way through some cyber world, dipping into the various 'experiences'. A computer-like voice introduces the CD and is heard many times throughout along with keyboard punches and assorted beeps and blips. It's a great idea, but one that might ultimatley date the CD.
Fortunately the music included here will wipe out any bad taste left by the computer host. Things start off with a bang with the rocking 'P Control' and 'Endorphinmachine' before hitting the gentle groove of 'Shh'. 'We March' is a song about racism, that offers some interesting lyrics, but is probably the weakest song here. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' gets a much more guitar and drum based treatment than what was heard on the radio and 'Dolphin' is all about rebirth, transformation and reincarnation. 'Now' and '319' are so full of energy and immediacy, they drag you to the dancefloor and won't let go. 'Shy', 'Billy Jack Bitch' and 'I Hate U' form a trilogy of sorts. Telling the story of meeting a girl, falling for her and then the messy relationship that follws. It's raunchy, it's raw and it's pure heaven to hear! The CD closes with 'Gold' which is anthemic like 'Purple Rain' and 'The Holy River' but surpasses them in that it feels so urgent.
That's the one thing that stands out to me. This is an urgent sound. I've never heard Prince sound like this. It's a sound of such heartfelt energy that it just HAS to be heard, and it has to be heard NOW. It's an amazing experience. A GOLD experience. Don't miss out on it.
This is all about music--adventurously funky ensemble music with a tighter-than-ever New Power Generation, psychedelically poppy studio music from within the man's ever-scheming head. Hip-hop-styled beats boom ("Now" has a grandstand-chant beat that Naughty By Nature would love), space-age keyboards squiggle (through big-beat numbers like "P Control"), and fuzz guitars grind out super-funky rhythms (like "Shy," which pays a debt to Sly Stone). Meanwhile, the man himself stretches his supple voice like an elastic band around falsetto soul, psychedelic rock and enough playful raps to convince you he finally actually believes in the stuff, making THE GOLD EXPERIENCE the most musically realized album what's-his-name has made in the NPG era.
In keeping with that symbol of his, which combines maleness and femaleness, THE GOLD EXPERIENCE salutes a gender that, in the past, this same certain someone often asked to bow down and salute him. It finally puts the devotional 1994 pop ballad "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" on a proper album. "P Control" pays respect to a strong, smart woman. And the album ends with "Gold," a soaring paean to personal growth and a rejection of nihilism in all its forms. This is Prince's gospel, and with its bright keyboard chords, acoustic-guitar rhythm and na-na-na ending, it may just be his"Hey Jude," too.
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Price is amazing, I got this CD because his song "P Control" is not available anywhere for digital buying.. and I had it stuck in my head.Published 2 days ago by Hydee A.
Not his best work but contains a song or two you can't get ANYWHERE else!!!!Published 8 months ago by DameFan