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LOtUSFLOW3R… because l33tspeek is coming back any second now.

For reasons I’ll get into later, I’ve gotten on a minor Prince kick this week. Now I was told that his new album LOtUSFLOW3R (yes that’s how he has chosen to spell it) was A) Pretty awesome and B) really a triple album in disguise. So I went to Target, who are the exclusive sellers of this album and found it cost $12 for the three albums. I have no idea who Bria Valente is beyond Prince’s new Carmen Electra, Vanity 6, what have you.

So I pulled the Lotusflow3r disc out and Syd and I gave it a listen while we did the rest of our errands. You can read a review of the album here if you want, or I can give you a super quick run down. It’s not remarkable. I’m a fan of rawer, rougher music than this. Prince used to do rough and tumble music but he’s gone in for over produced and way too slick and polished music that just fails to catch hold of anything in my mind. We were at the 6th or 7th track when Syd looked at me and said “I’m just not being blown away. It’s like funk themed elevator music.” I’ve given it a full listen now, and while that’s a fair assessment, it’s not a bad album. It’s filled with a lot of the little audio tricks Prince has fallen in love with recently, and it’s pretty good, there just isn’t anything that grabs your attention and demands you to listen to this song. Of course, there is also the problem that he doesn’t really sing about sex or use profanity anymore. While Gett Off isn’t my favorite song, it creates a balance for Diamond & Pearls. Raspberry Beret isn’t exactly explicit, but that creates a balance when you put it up against The Ladder. Without the sexy, the profane and the outrageous, the spiritual just comes off as preaching. Oscar Wilde nailed it when he said “Well, I’ll be buggered.”

What he actually said was “I may be laying in the gutter, but I’m looking up at the stars, baby*.” Which pretty much has always nailed Prince’s music I think. Well, it did until Rainbow Children, which I didn’t dig so much and Musicology was good but… nothing from it really stuck with me. Worst thing really, to be good but not memorable. If the music was a little rougher, it might not just slide off my mind and fail to take hold.
*That was actually Buddy Cole that said that. Wilde actually said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”

So when I got home I put in MPLSoUND and after about 15 seconds with the opening track I had to announce to Syd that we listened to the wrong disc first. This is really more like what I want to hear from him. It’s still a shade over produced, but he’s never going to go back to the Post Punk mixed with New Wave that made up his early days. This is a good substitute though and it’s the best thing I’ve heard from him in the last 10 years (I missed 3121 and Planet Earth, so take that as you will) and I’m really pleased with this disc. Much more bouncy, more fun, and memorable sounding songs.

I’ll listen to the Bria Valente album Elixer at some point, but the scanning I’ve done sounds like pretty standard R&B Adult Contemporary stuff. Clearly, a woman singing Prince penned and produced songs. She’s fine, just nothing too exciting.

So yeah, if you’ve got $12 and you want to listen to some Prince Music, you could do worse than grabbing the new album. You can get it at the Target Website or you could go to the store and get it. However, if you go to the store, you’ll have a hell of a time finding anything. The way they arrange CDs and DVDs at Target makes me wonder if maybe there are alternate reasons for the fall of our economy. My theory is that people got fed up with having to try and find the item they wanted and went home. I figure this because stores decided to get so damn cute with how the arrange products that you can’t actually find anything unless you’ve got to know exactly where it is or have demon on a small silver chain. Even with the demon, it was a challenge to find anything, let me tell you. You could also go to LOtUSFLOW3R.com, but I don’t think a person should have to solve a flash puzzle game just to buy a fricking album.

July 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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