Prince - 20Ten
Prince
20Ten
47
Oct 18
Prince - 3121
Prince
3121
80
Oct 13

Recent Reviews

br94 -
74
As he had done with 3121 almost a decade earlier, HITNRUN Phase One is the album where Prince embraces the sounds that defined the decade. At first glance it seems underwhelming, as the electronic gimmicks do not immediately stick, however it turns out to be one of Prince's more underrated efforts. Most of the songs here are well written, and the performances are quite colorful, perhaps because of the extensive usage of horns which give the songs a jazzy feel.

First of all, at this point ... read more
br94 -
67
This has to be Prince's more rock-oriented album, the one where the guitar is fully in the center of attention. Thus, it is an interesting addition to his catalog, even though it is not that interesting in itself musically speaking.
The girls in his band are offering nice vocal textures to the songs, forming passages previously unheard on Prince's records, even though they are more stylistic and superficial than one would desire. However, you would hardly call them ineffective, as they fit ... read more
br94 -
71
Among Prince's better albums of the 21st century, Art Official Age is based almost entirely on electronic sounds, offering a couple of quality tracks in the process. There are only a handful of uninteresting moments, and overall the songwriting is among his most consistent in almost two decades. Breakdown, Breakfast can wait, this could be us, Funknroll, Time are all quite pleasing, and although expectations for Prince's music are not that high at this point, it is nevertheless still enjoyable ... read more
br94 -
47
A weak effort by Prince, as nothing here stands out. A less sprawling album than its predecessor, 20ten is not what you would call exhausting, but it does not offer much to be interested in (except for the two last songs, which, while standing above the rest, are not anything special). At least Prince adopts a more electro sound here, which is something of a change, albeit the style-over-substance approach is too blatant to be considered a noticeable artistic statement. Meh.
br94 -
65
This review is for the Lotusflow3r album only, and not for the other two albums of the triple-disc set, as I have already reviewed MPLSound (and Elixer is not in my listen-to-list right now).

This album is a different animal than MPLSound, as Prince here focuses much more on hard funk and guitar based compositions. Still, the record is not grabbing you as much as Prince's previous records on the style, as it contains things that you have pretty much heard before at this point. Thus, I ... read more
Oct 13, 2020
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Rating Distribution
90-99
 
666

80-89
 
1906

70-79
 
1950

60-69
 
666

50-59
 
117

40-49
 
28

30-39
 
13

20-29
 
6

10-19
 
3

0-9
 
2

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