Lotusflow3r (3CD) Box set
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Let's get the bad out of the way first so we can concentrate on the good:
MPLSound - Flacid collection of tepid synth-funk and saccharin ballads. This CD follows the path of Emancipation, Rave, Musicology and 3121 - if you like Prince pushing the auto-pilot button and farting out a dozen tracks he's done a million times before, this is for you, enjoy.
Elixir - Prince written and produced album by then protege Bria Valente, yet another Vanity look-a-like. This laid back collection of Sade-inspired soul is rarely pleasing, often forgettable, but not too much of either to get too excited about either in your hate or love for it. It is what it is, Prince has a new squeeze, his thing is he's going to "make them a star", then the next year they're banished from the royal court to be deposed by that year's muse - at the time of writing that is Andy Allo, successor to Bria, who herself was successor to Tamar - who's slightly superior unreleased album was the source for one of the tracks on Elixir.
Right, that's that... now the good news:
Lotusflow3r - Simply the most cohesive, complete and engaging Prince album since 2001's The Rainbow Children.
The set shows Prince's usual flare for eclecticism, with wacky twists and turns in amongst the usual display of rock, funk and balladry. Prince really pulls it all together here though.
Boom is a pleasing dreamy guitar-led pop piece that never outstays it's welcome as it leads straight into the cover of Crimson and Clover, a Purple Rain-esque take on a classic song that Prince really makes his own, a great version.Read more ›
There are hidden gems on this cd, colonized mind is one of the best songs Ive heard for a long time.
Just buy it and you will hear a master at work
The album is full of Funk Pop gems great ballads.
In amongst the Linn Drums and keyboards there is some great guitar work. Checkout the solo on Valentina, Pure Santana.
It sounds fresh and alive and vocals are on top form troughout, it does to some degree recall the electro funk work from the 1980's but it certainly isn't a retro sounding album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For the price I would of exspected it to been in pristine condition.Published 2 months ago by shivvy
Though not Prince at his greatest, still an essential addition to his huge oeuvre.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this album. It really might be one of his best. Love the guitar work!Published 5 months ago by Carl Mosby III