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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
As the headline says, this latest track from His Royal Badness is akin to a musical version of taking a trip in Doc Brown's DeLorean back to 1985. After one or two listens the references to 'Take Me With U' are unmistakeable and one wouldn't be too far off from recalling aspects of '1999' either. In short it's plausible that this track would have fitted in between 'Purple Rain' and 'Around the World in a Day' at the time. It has synth stabs imitating horns, a laid back but yet driving beat, sparse arrangement and it has the fun, feel good vibes of a lot of his work from that era.

So... is it a track trading on past glories? Absolutely not! In my opinion this is Prince reminding us about the sort of music we fell in love with, which is a canny move considering the story behind the lyrics of the song. 'Rock and Roll Love Affair' is Prince at his classic storytelling best. Prince is a master of many things but his ability to tell a story in his music is often overlooked. This track tells of the classic girl meets boy and they succumb to lust: the girl coming from a background of 'lilly white fences' who goes to Hollywood in search of her soul, and the boy a wanderer whose passion is for the Rock and Roll voices from the radio. Is this an autobiographical affair? Perhaps. However, it's the sort of story Prince told in his classic 1980s work and it's a timeless story. Oh, and there's no shortage of imagery of the first encounter between the boy and girl occurring in a diner! It truly is a vintage Prince story along similar lines to those in 'Raspberry Beret.'

What I love about 'Rock and Roll Affair' is how it easily fits in with what was arguably his most successful period of music.which was when many of us fell in love with his work. I also love the ease in which the song gets into your head after a mere few listens despite not having a chorus. Yes, Prince is still able to demonstrate that a song need not conform to standard pop music formulae. Again this is something that Prince was doing in the mid-1980s with singles like 'When Doves Cry.' I also love the fact that the song begins with the lyrics 'she believed in fairy tales and princes...' It's fun, witty and immediately sets the tone for the rest of the song. It's also the part that I find myself singing at random moments in the day.

it's not surprising that the nation's most listened to radio station put 'Rock and Roll Love Affair' on their playlist before Christmas. There's never a shortage of tracks that reference what are now classic songs from decades gone by these days but it's great when one of the all-time greats, who doesn't usually do that sort of thing, does it. Maybe this is Prince deliberately treating fans to his classic sound and referencing some favourites, or perhaps it was just a track recorded for fun. What I do know is that Prince could churn out hit after hit like this but he doesn't stick to a particular formula. He's been consistent in changing what he does from one album or project to the next. It has been risky but Prince's music always leaves fans with positive feelings about the era or albums of his that they most enjoyed. Not every artist who has had a recording career for over 30 years can say that. Equally in recent years he's been an artist whose latest music isn't something you can just go into any shop that sells CDs and pick up. Thankfully this is available for download, which is the cheaper option at present.

I purchased the extended mix of the original version because it was the same price as the radio edit. There are some other versions but it's the original version that has the classic Prince sound. If you are a fan of Prince's output from the 1980s, it's the one to go for. Roll on the new album!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2013
Even though I am 67 going on 68 - I have always adored Prince and his music and his films
but have never purchased any of his albums - money has always been tight
but when my daughter was here she taught me how to download so I can listen to him all the time - thank you daughter
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This sounds like the original type Prince from years ago,Rock ad Roll Love Affair has that type of catch to its beat that sticks in your mind and makes you want to sing along to it or have a bit of a dance,great to hear him out in the charts again.
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on 23 January 2013
It's been a long time since I have been excited by new music on the radio. I can't believe just how good this latest song from Prince is. Great stuff well worth the download, also check out his video, you will find it on YouTube.
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on 13 January 2013
Prince as had many styles over the years this song arcs back to the Purple Rain period, but still as an hint of other periods as well. I love it, it is the first song in years I have played over and over again after purchasing.
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on 2 March 2013
Kept hearing this on the radio - really catchy. Assumed it was an old number re-released, but turns out it is a new (2012) single. Downloaded the one track and have played it to death since! Nothing new but very, very good.
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on 10 March 2013
It's Prince.
At his best.
What more do you need to say?
If the long awaited new album is full of this style of track... I can't wait !!!!!
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on 29 January 2013
Long awaited from one of my favourite artists of all time. The return of the musical genius that is Prince. Great track, superbly executed. Love it...
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on 28 January 2013
I have always enjoyed songs that tell a tale, Love Dylan, Dire Straits etc. This just grooves along; a treat for the ears! Love it.
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on 28 May 2013
I love this single but then I am big Prince fan, I think he is very talented and am hoping he is going to do another album!!
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