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The rot starts to set in
on 24 February 2009
"Gett Off" and "Cream" were two amazing opening singles form this album, but sadly the rest of the collection just couldn't match them. It is documented that when he was recruited by Prince, rapper Tony M set his goal as making Prince's music more "black", introducing more rap and soul elements, and this is where it all started to go wrong for Prince in my opinion. When Prince creates his own styles he's incredible, but when he follows in the footsteps of others it's a pale imitation.
So what of the other tracks? "Thunder" sounds vast at the first listen but the more you analyse it the thinner the song becomes. "Daddy Pop" is fun but weak, a catchy bass line with rapped lyrics over the top. "Diamonds and Pearls" is one of his most famous ballads but in my opinion, apart from its lush arrangement, it is one of his weakest, but not as bad as "Strollin'", which must be one of his worst songs ever. For me, the most Prince-like track in terms of experimentation is "Walk Don't Walk", a sadly ignored track with a "la-la-la" chorus backed by traffic sounds, all in all hugely enjoyable. The second half fizzles out badly after this, "Money Don't Matter 2 Night", "Jughead", "Push" and "Insatiable" all failing to inspire. Far from a classic, this is a Prince album I very rarely listen to these days, even as a huge fan of the guy.