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His strongest album in 12 years,
This review is from: Planet Earth (Audio CD)
Before I begin I must confess that I'm a big Prince fan and have been since I first heard "When Doves Cry" back in 1984. However, over the last fifteen years or so his albums have been, shall we say, a mixed bag. There have been some fantastic tracks but also an awful lot of dross, and his last album "3121" was pretty dire in my opinion. His last truly worthwhile collection was 1995's "The Gold Experience" ("The Rainbow Children" was impressive, but not exactly commercial or easy to listen to) and before then his last decent album was probably "Lovesexy".
Like many others I bought and binned The Mail on Sunday today but kept the CD, and with some trepidation I put it into the player. You know what? It's actually pretty good! Sure, there are a couple of fairly bland ballads and a pretty tragic stab at rap, but there are also some great songs here. The title track sounds not unlike his unreleased classic "Empty Room", and "Chelsea Rodgers" is an uptempo stomper of a track which will sound tremendous played live or outside on a warm summer day (remember what they were like?) It is also great to hear Wendy & Lisa popping up on two or three tracks as well, and the great man is clearly having a lot of fun with this set of songs.
Are there any classics on here? Not at the first listen, but there are some really enjoyable songs here. If you're looking for a fun album with some solid songs, great guitar work in places, and a return to form from Prince, then buy this one without any worries. After years of duds he's produced something worthwhile at last. Somehow I knew he would.