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But here's the catch -- almost every PRINCE recording has a concept behind it. RAINBOW CHILDREN was a Jehovah's Witness jazz experiment, NEWS was instrumental noodlings, and here we have Prince paying homage to James Brown and other artists like Sly Stone that influenced him. He even pays tribute to his old persona by working out some old school 80s Minneapolis sound tracks complete with some help from SHEILA E and CANDY DULFER. At the end of the title track we hear samples of some 80s Prince ("Little Red Corvette", "17 DAYS" and others) and it sets the stage for a look back with an artist who the world never seems to catch up with.
My favorite new track is A MILLION DAYS which laments a lover leaving and reminds me of the days when Prince was pop. CALL MY NAME will go down as one of his great slow jams! DEAR MR MAN gives you the most blatant "the world is troubled message". LIFE OF THE PARTY is his latest "Housequake" or party tune like "DMSR". The CD is totally clean and has escaped any lyrical or content warning, so it's safe to listen with kids or parents present!
So put on your purple paisley and get ready to party like its 1999! MUSICOLOGY is a funky return to form for one of music's biggest talents. Will it be big and huge like PURPLE RAIN or 1999? Nothing could top that era. But this one will please the hardcore fan and the casual listener.
Maybe this album can put Prince back in the spotlight, a place he deserves if you look at the quality of his work and his undeniable influence on many other artists. If you ever liked prince, but didn't appreciate his latest albums, don't hesitate, buy it, you won't be disappointed.
I've found fair chunks of most of Prince's past releases flirted with his talent rather than maximized it, but this CD shows him consistently passionate, focused, and coming from a more mature lyrical perspective, while avoiding any potentially-awkward attempts to imitate such emulators as Outkast. In fact, Alicia Keys' runaway success in mixing classic substance with modern style may have opened the door for a Prince commercial comeback. MUSICOLOGY may display less nods to current hiphop-based musical trends than Keys, but the bottom line is that Prince consistently manages to tweak his classic funk and ballad sounds in a near-perfectly balanced way that results in an album that sounds so familiar, yet so fresh even by 2004 standards. Highly recommended to anyone who was ever captivated by any part of Prince's career from back in the day up to now.
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Thank you Prince for another fantastic collection of music for us to enjoy forever. I love the jazzy grooves, the classy horns, and the happiness and joy that it brings to so many... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Grateful
Yes I received cd! I've been playing it every day. Love it!! Thank youPublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Anyone who says Prince has not had a great album since the 80's has not listen to this beautiful work art!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer