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LotusFlow3r

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An album by Prince

2009 three CD release from the Soul legend. This triple disc threat features two separate Prince's albums (Lotus Flow3r and MPLSound) plus Elixer, the debut album by Bria Valente, which was produced by Prince. 28 tracks.

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Kind of purple

  • Apr 10, 2009
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+3
LOTUSFLOW3R. One of the Purple One's most diverse efforts, which wouldn't mean that it's necessarily good--but in fact it's one of his most exciting albums, dancing through future noir jazz ("From the Lotus...") to modern urban blues ("Colonized Mind") into Seventies-style R&B ("Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful") and out through vaguely Hendrixian guitar anthem ("Dreamer"). It shines like an aquatic kingdom of rock and soul, sounds the part, too, painting Prince as some sort of interstellar pop king of Neptune. And he resurrects the hell out of "Crimson and Clover." B+

MPLSOUND. It was anticipated as a return to the sound of his "Purple Rain" days, which it kind of is. More so, Mr. Nelson takes a few lines from his Revolution-era songbook and then adapts his music for the modern music scene, where beat-driven hip-hop rules. "(There'll Never B) Another Like Me" is kind of groovy, but the dark beat of "Chocolate Box" hits closer to the mark. The rest are all close enough to the bullseye to be interesting, but Prince doesn't seem to care much about hitting the mark, as though he was watching a girl behind the bar while he's tossing the darts. Good for when you're in the party mood, but "1999" is better--and for that matter, so is "Purple Rain." For inspiration: "I like it when you dance 4 me." B

Bria Valente: ELIXIR. Prince's protege has a voice and a body, so he gave her an album. Degrading for women, uninteresting for listeners. D

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Label: NPG Records
Artist: Prince

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