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Lotus Flow3r/Mplsound/Elixer

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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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Another Daring Project From Prince

  • May 31, 2009
Title: Lotus Flow3r
Band: Prince, Bria Valente
Producer: Prince
Label: NPG Records
Parental Advisory: No
If You Can Only Buy One Song Make It: Everytime, $, Dance 4 Me

Though Prince's career has had it's ups and downs no one can deny that the man is bold when it comes to his music. From the sound, to the feel, to the distribution itself, Prince is always looking for new ways to get his content out to the fans (ironic, seeing that he also has the biggest archive full of unreleased finished projects). Now we have "Lotus Flow3r," one of his biggest ambitions yet: A triple album release that is being given away for free. Well...okay, maybe not FREE per say! Basically Prince is launching a new site/fansite where he can distribute his music to his fans easier. Fans who subscribe to this service for $77.99 a year get the entire album for free (plus other benefits).

Everyone else can get the album exclusively at Target in a cardboard fold out release. And for those who don't know, this is practically 3 hours worth of content for $12 measly dollars! Just because you have lots of content doesn't mean it's very good though. So let's take a look at the opening album; "Elixer." Now, even though this is the opening album this is NOT a Prince album! Yeah the music has his fingerprints, and he's definetly playing on the guitar, but the singer for this album is his protegée Bria Valente. This album will likely receive lots of critism from Prince's fans. Though it's far from terrible (with tracks "Somthing u Already Have" and "Everytime" being stand outs), the fact of the matter is Bria is a very easy radio listen. She doesn't have the charisma or boldness that Prince himself has, and most of his fans likely wouldn't listen to this sort of thing anyway.

No, they'll likely skip to the second album, "Lotus Flow3r," which has Prince riffing a concept album of sorts. A quarter of these tracks are actually segue tracks with no vocals, giving the album a consitant flow feeling. Highlights include "$" and cover track "Crimson and Clover" (it should be noted the latter is only available on the Target disk, and fans who get the album online get a replacement track from one of his previous albums). Chances are the album that's going to be most popular is the third one, "MPLSoUND." This is the album that has Prince doing what he does best. Namely, singing tracks with lots of funk and pop perfectly blended together. This album has the fewest amount of tracks, but the tracks are longer then on the other albums, making this one the longest of the three.

A couple of these tracks are unreleased singles that have even been remixec (I believe). Due to the single nature of the album this has a feel that makes it ideal for radio airplay, but it's also so much fun that any notions of "artist compromise" are hard to justify. Though Prince has released better albums rarely do we get a release so ambitious and cheap at the same time. We're in a world where digital downloads are killing CD's, and the best way to make CD's relevant today are to fill them up with content. Prince has long been the lead for experimenting with alternate forms of distribution, and this may be his best idea yet.

Grade: ***

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Artist: Prince
Release Date: March 31, 2009

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