HITNRUN Phase One

Prince - HITNRUN Phase One
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2015 Ratings: #713 / 771
User Score
Based on 23 ratings
September 7, 2015 / Release Date
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R&B, Dance Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Entertainment Weekly

HITnRUN is an invigorating, eclectic modern pop record that takes a now-familiar (but still no less impressive) formula—equal parts hedonistic arena rock, chugging funk, and art-mutated pop—and tacks on a handful of new sounds and twists that give is a satisfying, visceral edge.

80
The Guardian

It’s been a long time since a Prince album has been so pleasurable and enjoyable to hear.

70
musicOMH

It’s true that this is one of his strongest albums in recent memory, and when it’s good, it’s very good indeed. As is usually the case in recent years though, it remains frustratingly inconsistent.

70
NME

'HITNRUN Phase One' isn’t one of Prince’s best albums. But neither is it his worst. He hasn’t lost it. He’s just resting it.

67
Consequence of Sound

While some of that experimentation and ornamentation is thrilling, some is unneeded. Phase One works better when excess is lopped off.

45
Pitchfork

A casual, slightly-weirder-than-usual release with one very good R&B song (that's reportedly been kicking around in his vault for a while), stranded in the album's penultimate slot.

43
A.V. Club

Experimentation sometimes leads to disastrous results—and in the case of HITNRUN Phase One, it’s done just that.

43
Pretty Much Amazing

It finds Prince embracing EDM and his band 3rd Eye Girl lays down some sturdy, derivative grooves that ought to signal bathroom breaks and beer runs at shows to come.

20
PopMatters

HITNRUN Phase One is a throwaway album by someone who has released very few such clunkers in his long and amazing career.

45
Weak album
bigman57
80
Don't understand the negative reviews.This is another decent and enjoyable album.If you liked either of last year's Prince albums you'll find plenty here to enjoy.
lemuriams
63
I'm so dissapoint with this album - the only best track is 1000 x's & 0's
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