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on 2 April 2006
I must admit, it's taken me some time to get into this album. It's the volume of material that slowed me down. Three cd's is an awful lot to take in all at once no matter how big a fan you are. But I guess that's Prince for you - music just pours out of him. And for that I am thankful! Emancipation admittedly has it's share of filler but there is some stunning material spread across these three discs. Like many I beleive the album would have benifited from a little quality control and could have been reduced to a truly exceptional single album.
The first disc is the one that sounds most like classic Prince and contains much of the best material. The opening track, "Jam of the Year" has an infectious groove and features some inspired piano playing. "We Gets Up" is as funky as hell - oh how this man can funk! "Damned If Eye Do" is a classic rock number that should please fans of the purple era. My personal favourite, "In This bed Eye Scream", is one of Prince's more personal songs, dealing with the breakdown of his relationship with Revolution member's Lisa and Wendy.
Disc two is basically all ballads. This may sound a little dull but there are some beautiful melodies here. Standout tracks include "Soul Sanctuary" and "Saviour." The third disc is a more up-beat dancey set. "Slave" is a stripped down track with an almost Sign O The Times-like demo quality. "Face Down" is one of Prince's better attempts at Hip Hop. The title track closes the album with a badass funky bass line that will not leave my head.
As mentioned before, three discs is a lot for anyone and therefore this album may not be for the casual listener. But if you're a lover of real music you should take the time to listen because you'll discover some truly amazing song writing here. If you already own a few Prince albums then you're probably already aware of the man's genius and will definitely enjoy much of this set.
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