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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ja
  • ASIN: B0001XTRCI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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Carnivore ~ Musicology

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the early 90s Prince albums seemed to become rather shallow and lacksoul for want of a better word. His more recent releases have been deeper,jazzier affairs - good music, but not really commercial. Musicology fallsneatly between the two - a decent album, with soul, a slab of funk andsome rockier numbers - with a full commercial release.
Track-by-track - It starts in a classic funk groove with Musicology.Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance is again funky, but with a nod to themodern urban sound. The 'songs' start with A Million Days which has alittle of that 'anthem' style heard in his 90s work, but it works. Life'O' Party returns to the ICP&C style, not a classic track, but enjoyable.With the funky party over, the lights go down with Call My Name - aclassic Prince ballad, a carefully crafted song and the next singlejudging by the sticker on the album. Cinnamon Girl is political and hencerocks it a little, like The Marrying Kind, which at times is slightlyreminiscent of the Purple Rain era. If I Was The Man in Your Lifecontinues in a similar vein. In between is What do u want me 2 do, alovely quirky number with a catchy chorus and great music. On the Couchhas a real old soul feel, demonstrating again how Prince can turn his handto most musical styles. Dear Mr Man is a decent laid back lyrical tunewith some nice horns and guitar. It stays laid back for the final track,Reflection (thankfully not one of those Queen style rock anthems seen inthe 90s) but a cool, classic Prince song which ends leaving you wantingmore.
Musicology is the most commercial, accessible and consistent Prince albumfor an age - with a mix of styles as always. As with all his recent albumsthe musicianship is exemplary - also worth a session with the headphonesto make sure you hear all that is going on in the production. Prince isback in the mainstream - but fanatics knew he'd never gone away, it wasjust a matter of time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maldy on 29 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Even back in the day when Prince Released albums like, Around The World in A Day, Sign 'o' Times, Lovesexy, he was criticised for not producing his best work. References to these albums being no Purple Rain was often made. These albums, however, are now considered some of his best work.
The problem with Prince in the past was that he was often ahead of his time - creating new sounds that were unfamiliar, that took time to appreciate. I don't think that is the case any more. But what you get with a new Prince album is a uniquely Prince Sound with all his subtle trade marks from over the years thrown in.
Another feature of Prince's music is that it is constantly changing. Just when he releases an album you really like, the next one will be completely different. Personally, I don't mind this too much as it is interesting to see what he can do. The Rainbow Children and NEWS were definitely esoteric and more enjoyable from a musician's point of view, rather than pop records.
That's where Musicology differs. It is definitely more of a pop album and you don't necessarily have to have an acquired taste to enjoy it. In so many ways it has the feel of a "good old" Prince album. Not necessarily in sound, but in arrangement and choice of types of songs. It is new, but feels kind of familiar. So it is no wonder that is being heralded as a return to form.
So what is his form like then? When I first listened to this album the songs that stood out for me were, Musicology, A Million Days, and Call My Name. I quite liked, Cinnamon Girl, What do u Want me 2 Do and If Eye Was The Man In Ur Life. The rest really seemed like weak fillers, initially for me.
After repeated listening I managed not to skip over Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance and Life 'O' The Party.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nasser Alqatami on 29 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Recently, the word "comeback" has been very loosely used in music literature. Whenever an artist disappears, whether willingly or due to an ailing career bump, critics are fast to label it a comeback. This is the case with one of the greatest artists in popular culture, Prince. However, Prince didn't really go anywhere to come back. He has been releasing oodles of albums. With the purple legend's over-gushing of creative fluids, it comes as no surprise that he has released more albums than there are years in the past decade.
His last addition was NEWS, a record put together at Paisley Park in one day. The 4-track album contains, respectively, the jams "North," "East," "West" and "South," hence the abbreviation.
The new album, however, is a full length effort that sounds more like his older works. Surprisingly, the title track "Musicology" has been gaining a lot of airplay with its big band throw-down. The song is a groovy ode to old-school jive with lyrics that reflect the science of melody or musicology.
The song meanders into another strong number titled "Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance," which is reminiscent of an early 90's beat.
The rest of Musicology is heavy on instrumentation, yet stumpy on original melody. "A Million Days" is a bore and "Call My Name" reaches for seduction but falls short.
Then there is "The Marrying King," where Prince attempts, yet again, to grab hold of the closet. Is he the only one that doesn't know? The same goes for "If Eye Was the Man in Your Life."
There are some victories with "Cinnamon Girl," where Prince tackles the racial implications post-9/11. "Life O' the Party" is pleasant at times, but does not come close to hit material.
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