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4.0 out of 5 stars Give It a Chance!, 11 Aug. 2003
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If you are a fan of Prince's more commercial, pop orientated songs then perhaps this album is not for you. Don't expect this one to appear anywhere near the top 50 or event warrant a review in the NME, this is not the prince of old. I think the man deserves massive credit for making an album like this, it seems that this has been recorded purely for his own enjoyment without any consideration for the 'fans' or the press. Good stuff! sod them! I have been waiting for him to do something like this for ages, the rainbow children showed great promise after some shocking albums atteampting to regain past popularity. This does have a similar feel to that album only the meandering jazz aspects have been explored thoroughly and without lyrical distraction. On first listen I was unsure whether this would become more monotonous with repeats or whether it would grow on me. It has definately been the latter. The album only has 4 tracks and each is based around a fairly simple structure yet each peice could easily be made into 10 or more induvidual songs. Repeated listens allow more of the details to come out and as you begin to know the melodies the album gets better and better. There band is great and the piano solos are superb, all the tracks a brilliantly paced with all manner of styles and tempos thrown in. Considering this is his first real atteampt at jazz, it is very comendable and if he continues down this road i think a new burst of creativity may be on the horizon.
Prince is getting older, so are his fans, its time to do something different, if your openminded and like a wide range of music buy this album. Definately one for the hardcore fans but this will surprise a lot of those who arn't. For me this is his best album since diamonds and pearls way back in 1991...
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Initial post: 30 Jun 2011 09:52:16 BDT
Considering the Madhouse albums he was involved in, this album is not exactly his first adventure into Jazz, by the way.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2011 21:11:28 BDT
jamo says:
yea true, forgot about those. i dont like em much!
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