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on 30 November 2011
Extraloveable is a remake of a much older song by Prince, 30 years old in fact. The interesting thing here is that you most likely won't of heard it unless you're a die-hard fan as the song, in it's original form, remains unreleased, but is available in Bootleg form.
Extraloveable 2011 is an up-to-date take on it. The original is considered a highlight of his unreleased work that we know of and features that old nasty Prince many still think he is. Extraloveable 2011 strips it of that nasty-ness, but maintains it's playful charm. This all equals some slight lyrical changes, and a whole segment in which Prince threatens Rape upon his lady victim to be cut....wise decision in such a PC modern world.
Getting to the song, put simply, it is nothing on the original at all....but i don't think he was aiming to remake it identically let alone make it better, more, a fun remake to coast along this unusual absence of putting out an album yearly.
Extraloveable 2011 is a fun, pop accessible track that maintains it's intelligence rather than dumb down for mainstream appeal. It sounds up-to-date, but maintains some 80's charm, specifically with the piercing synthesisers.
Prince's vocal harmonising is, as always, great, but it's done rather quirky here, specifically the chorus in which it almost sounds like he's using the Talkbox (Roger Troutman) for a layer in the harmony, although i am told he isn't. Whether this is intentional, i do not know....nor is it worth effort in knowing!
Prince sounds great and his trademark "Ohhh!" screams inject a lot of energy. Vocally, there's only one mishap, the rap. Thankfully this isn't performed by Prince, but unfortunately, could be written by him. No, the rap is performed by his flavour of the month, singer/songwriter - Andy Allo. It comes off as a terrible Eve impersonation with nursery rhyme lyrics "You can be my Care-Bear, I can be your Elmo".....I kid you not.
It's enough to embarrass Prince and us as listeners, but thankfully, it's a very short segment.
Musically, Extraloveable 2011 is modern, fun and funky. The highlight is the rhythm guitar here, which barks back to last years amazing Sticky Like Glue which featured on his 2010 80's throwback album, 20ten. The style of the song makes me think of his 2009 song Never B Another Like Me from his album that featured his new take on his trademark Minneapolis sound - MPLSoUND - A track i'm not fond of.
As it's kind of a blend of the two before mentioned tracks, that doesn't spell doom for it and as also previously said, the track remains fun.
The original 1982 Bootleg version contains one hell of a B-line hook! A synth with guitar melody that is instantly infectious, bewildering then, is that here, it is buried in the mix to a mere synthesised bass. Very disappointing. Also disappointing is that the call and response "Ooh! Ooh!" from the original is used little here.
Picking the song up a scale or two is the musical outro. A synthesised, rhythm guitar-full funk romp that is sure to please dance floors
As a coast along track, it's fun and fills voids and in actuality, deserves a 3 star reward. But Prince gets no where near the respect he deserves as the ultimate entertainer and that is why i'm giving it 4 stars; to give it a boost. Although, to be honest, if anyone else released this, say Justin Timberlake, it would be absolutely huge, which is par for the course with Prince.
As a comparison to the original, it doesn't cut it, but it sure is a shock to see the man dabble in his vault and, not only that, but pick out a fan fave after 30 years!
If you're a casual fan, you can't go wrong here, Extraloveable 2011 is sure to have you dancing, but you may want to check into two recent Prince albums - MPLSoUND and 20ten. Both feature similar sounds and 20ten's track Sticky Like Glue is a modern Prince classic that even rivals the ORIGINAL Extraloveable.
Come back soon Prince, we have been deprived of "real music by real musicians". Oh, and if i may request, more quirky sounds ala Rainbow Children and LotusFlow3r please, sir! ;)
J. W. M.