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Reply #180 posted 07/17/07 3:39pm

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lspear76 said:

DreZone said:

This album is not groundbreaking by any means.
It sounds half like a regurgitation of some old tracks and greatest misses.
Nothing commercially accessible here although his ballads are still great even if predictable.

'dre


No music has been groundbreaking in many, many years. That's just the way it is. And don't respond with some hip hop album that's "groundbreaking." lol


A groundbreaking hiphop album?! that's funny!

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Reply #181 posted 07/17/07 3:41pm

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BanishedBrian said:

Accujack said:

Whether you like every song on the album or not, nobody, I mean nobody, could put out an album with such a diverse collection of songs.

Couldn't you have said the same thing though about Rave when it was released?

Personally, I think most great albums have an element of continuity. I don't want to judge PE fully until I have more time to digest it, but the fact that a diverse collection of songs is included isn't necessarily good or bad in and of itself.

One thing is certain to me upon first impression though: it's an improvement over Musicology (probably 3121 as well preliminarily). biggrin

I think you could absolutely have said the same thing about Rave, although I personally don"t feel that Rave was anywhere near as good as PE.

But I think that after Prince is gone and the dust settles, that everyone will look back on his body of work and be amazed at his level of diversity on each and every one of his albums (including the ones that we think are crappy).
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Reply #182 posted 07/17/07 3:41pm

IRISHFAN

Im enjoying reading the variety of opinions on this thread - I for one am enjoying PE. While I think its good to have a healthy debate, and Im not so niave to think that one must love everything Prince does just coz its Prince, however there is a very negative vibe from some posts and I wonder that some of you out there seem to know exactly what Prince should or shouldnt have done this time round - so I ask - if you know so much, why arent you out making your "perfect" new album?, or if you already have, let us know so we can review it.... lol
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Reply #183 posted 07/17/07 3:42pm

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IRISHFAN said:

Im enjoying reading the variety of opinions on this thread - I for one am enjoying PE. While I think its good to have a healthy debate, and Im not so niave to think that one must love everything Prince does just coz its Prince, however there is a very negative vibe from some posts and I wonder that some of you out there seem to know exactly what Prince should or shouldnt have done this time round - so I ask - if you know so much, why arent you out making your "perfect" new album?, or if you already have, let us know so we can review it.... lol


I'll keep that in mind... wink

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Reply #184 posted 07/17/07 3:45pm

Accujack

IRISHFAN said:

Im enjoying reading the variety of opinions on this thread - I for one am enjoying PE. While I think its good to have a healthy debate, and Im not so niave to think that one must love everything Prince does just coz its Prince, however there is a very negative vibe from some posts and I wonder that some of you out there seem to know exactly what Prince should or shouldnt have done this time round - so I ask - if you know so much, why arent you out making your "perfect" new album?, or if you already have, let us know so we can review it.... lol

....or at least let us know what they think is the "perfect album" so that we can make them feel stupid for feeling that way.
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Reply #185 posted 07/17/07 3:49pm

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This is definatly one to digest .

Unlike Musicology and 3121, which I caught on to right away (and later would wear thin). Planet Earth seems to be a grower. Nothing grabs me right out of the box. with maybe the exception of The 1 U Wanna C but at the same time nothing seems to repulse me .

This seems very ATWIAD and Parade-ish to me and it took me literally years to appreciate those.
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Reply #186 posted 07/17/07 3:52pm

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Heres My Review from the other thread:

Planet Earth = Empty Room:
Big Rock opener. Starts off very intimate with just princes voice and piano, then in come the drums. Than for the chorus its even bigger with a stadium rock style chorus. The breakdown is ultra catchy, especially with the keys. 9/10

Guitar = I Like It There / Cream:
Good single material. Has a really good guitar solo that EVRERYONE will end up Air Guitaring. 8/10

Somewhere Here On Earth = One Kiss At a Time / I Love U But I Dont Trust U Anymore:
Very Jazzy. You can imaging Prince at a piano in some french resturant playing this song. Brilliant piano solo by Renato. 9/10

The One U Wanna C = Cinamon Girl :
Pop-Rock. Really Catchy song that will most likely be a single. The slap bass strangely suits the song (I wernt sure at first). Nice bursts of guitar here and there aswell. 8/10

Future baby Mama = (Melody) Eye Hate U :
"I like that umm, Future Baby Mama.." (That really should of been included at the beggining of the song lol) Second best on the album. You wont get the verse out of your head for weeks. Very nice melody and the breakdown works well although could of been more powerfull. 10/10

Mr Goodnight = Push It Up! :
FBM's Cousin. Finnaly prince raps again! (Sort Of). Seeing as im a big NPS fan, i enjoyed this song, but alot of people might not might not. Picture Prince and rosie gaines doing the chorus whilst Tony M does the verses whilst the npg play in the background around 1992 (Gangsta Glam video would suit this song perfectly). 9/10

All The Midnights = Resolution :
This is a short, fun album filler type of song. Although its still good, but its too short to take seriously. When you start to get into it it goes off. 7/10

Chelsea Rogers = In Love :
Best Prince song in years! This is so funky! Shelby also is a nice addition. The whole song is perfect, Insanely catchy melody, funky dtums and keys with more slap bass thrown in on top. Best on the album. 10/10

Lion Of Judah = Wherever You Go :
I think W&L are on the last two tracks of this album. Starts off like Purple Rain with the guitar chords and bass drum combo. Religious undertones are in there somewhere, but its still a good song. 7/10

Resolution = So Far So Pleased:
Cheesy Christian rock. But the songs so catchy and upbeat that you end up humming and singing along. But its another song that too short. 8/10


All in all, the albums better than 3121. It rounds up the trio of albums nicely:

Musicology : 8/10
3121 : 9/10
Planet Earth : 9.5/10

I love 3121 but PE just slightly wins becuase of Chelsea Rogers and FBM.


I heard Wendy is on this CD Where?
When I picked the traks apart I didn't like the Cd but after I listened to it as a whole, I like it very much. I don't know whats good for the radio or is a hit but as a fan I'm ok with this. It's not like it use to be back in the day when I heard a new song it transformed my mind to bliss. I'll rank his last Major Cds.
1.Planet Earth:Prince proves there is Life on Earth(recycled life is better than none)
2.Rainbow Children:Very ambitious like I like him!
3.Rave unto the Joy Fantastic: Slow jam Classics
4.3121:a few bright spots
5.Musicology:A little to stiff for me

Top fav post 80's Prince
1.Gold Experience
2.Chaos & Disorder
3.One Nite Alone
4.o)+>
5.Disk 2 Emancipation
We all want a big hit again because
we want to relive the Hysteria & Pandemonium we experienced
when Purple Rain was Hot. Actually, he doesn't care if it happens again or not.
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Reply #187 posted 07/17/07 4:25pm

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Planet Earth is Prince 15 years ago. Its got Rock, ballards, and is packed full of examples of Prince having fun - enjoying his music. Its got all the elements of Prince Old Skool. The opening track is awesome. What a way to start and guitar flows from that so the listener is hit with a pithy fun pop song with some fantastic guitar segments...the whole album blends together so well - he is taking us on a journey, like so much of his old ear albums do -

Its going to be a Prince Classic up there with Purple Rain, SOTT to mention just two. I cant think of any fan bemoaning the title track if Prince decides to play that in August.....i would almost guarentee it will blow your mind.

15 years ago would have been around the time Prince was making songs like Endorphinmachine, Gold, Eye Hate U, Come, Days of Wild, Shy, 319, Dark, Mad, Shhh, Zanalee, Calhoun Square, Pheromone, Letitgo, P Control, Space, Dolphin, etc. I know this is a loaded question, but do you really think that the songs on this album are comparable in terms of him having fun and delivering spine tingling musical moments?

PE seems to me like an enjoyable album with some interesting moments, perhaps on the level of something like the Truth.

Maybe it's just me, but so far at least, I don't hear those moments that make your body tingle (you know, like those guitar solos in Eye Hate U or Gold or that funk of DOW).

This is the kind of album that I can put on in the background and not get distracted because of moments that make you stop and take notice, which is not the case with most P albums.
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Reply #188 posted 07/17/07 6:15pm

Lothan

Genesia said:

lspear76 said:



I just listened again to the MSN stream, I gotta say this album is wonderful. I feel bad for people who don't like this music, you'd think they've lost all taste. To bring it down for not being "groundbreaking" is ridiculous. You're telling me you just can't enjoy good songs? Does everything have to be When Doves Cry? This is one tight, 45 minute album. Sounds just as good (to me) as any of Prince's albums. I knew the album was going to have mixed reviews when some fans were bashing a fine song like "Guitar." If you can't even remotely like that song, well, good luck to you. Waahhhh, it's not When Doves Cry! Wahhh!


Who says it has to be When Doves Cry? I mean, really -- who says that? I get really tired of people assuming that, because someone is able to maintain a certain degree of objectivity with respect to Prince's product, they must be living in the past, or "lost all taste," or -- shit, I'll just say it -- stupid.

I have every album Prince has done. (And I bought most of them within days of their release -- all the way back to the beginning.) I like most of them -- and out-and-out love others. There are only a couple that I don't play -- and even on those, I've found gems that redeem them somewhat.

But I have to say that Planet Earth is not up to Prince's usual standard, at least as far as I'm concerned. I'm sorry if that offends you -- but it just isn't. The lyrics are trite, the music is pedestrian.

There is nothing wrong with simplicity -- in fact, done right, simplicity can be very elegant -- and is often more difficult to achieve than something lush and overblown. (It requires an ability to edit oneself -- something a lot of artists lack.) A number of the songs on this album aren't simple, they're simple-minded. I think a lot of people don't recognize the distinction -- and they're pissed off the ones who do.
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Reply #189 posted 07/17/07 6:26pm

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BanishedBrian said:

wrekkastow said:

Planet Earth is Prince 15 years ago. Its got Rock, ballards, and is packed full of examples of Prince having fun - enjoying his music. Its got all the elements of Prince Old Skool. The opening track is awesome. What a way to start and guitar flows from that so the listener is hit with a pithy fun pop song with some fantastic guitar segments...the whole album blends together so well - he is taking us on a journey, like so much of his old ear albums do -

Its going to be a Prince Classic up there with Purple Rain, SOTT to mention just two. I cant think of any fan bemoaning the title track if Prince decides to play that in August.....i would almost guarentee it will blow your mind.

15 years ago would have been around the time Prince was making songs like Endorphinmachine, Gold, Eye Hate U, Come, Days of Wild, Shy, 319, Dark, Mad, Shhh, Zanalee, Calhoun Square, Pheromone, Letitgo, P Control, Space, Dolphin, etc. I know this is a loaded question, but do you really think that the songs on this album are comparable in terms of him having fun and delivering spine tingling musical moments?

PE seems to me like an enjoyable album with some interesting moments, perhaps on the level of something like the Truth.

Maybe it's just me, but so far at least, I don't hear those moments that make your body tingle (you know, like those guitar solos in Eye Hate U or Gold or that funk of DOW).

This is the kind of album that I can put on in the background and not get distracted because of moments that make you stop and take notice, which is not the case with most P albums.

The guitar solo in the song Planet Earth is as much of a "body tingler" if not more so than Eye Hate U or Gold.

Why oh why must we continually compare everything of today to everything of yesterday?

It's so much more enjoyable if you just enjoy the songs for what they are, and if you just can't make yourself, then maybe you just move on.

Geez!
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Reply #190 posted 07/17/07 6:29pm

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Lothan said:

Genesia said:



Who says it has to be When Doves Cry? I mean, really -- who says that? I get really tired of people assuming that, because someone is able to maintain a certain degree of objectivity with respect to Prince's product, they must be living in the past, or "lost all taste," or -- shit, I'll just say it -- stupid.

I have every album Prince has done. (And I bought most of them within days of their release -- all the way back to the beginning.) I like most of them -- and out-and-out love others. There are only a couple that I don't play -- and even on those, I've found gems that redeem them somewhat.

But I have to say that Planet Earth is not up to Prince's usual standard, at least as far as I'm concerned. I'm sorry if that offends you -- but it just isn't. The lyrics are trite, the music is pedestrian.

There is nothing wrong with simplicity -- in fact, done right, simplicity can be very elegant -- and is often more difficult to achieve than something lush and overblown. (It requires an ability to edit oneself -- something a lot of artists lack.) A number of the songs on this album aren't simple, they're simple-minded. I think a lot of people don't recognize the distinction -- and they're pissed off the ones who do.
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Reply #191 posted 07/17/07 6:30pm

Lothan

Accujack said:

BanishedBrian said:


15 years ago would have been around the time Prince was making songs like Endorphinmachine, Gold, Eye Hate U, Come, Days of Wild, Shy, 319, Dark, Mad, Shhh, Zanalee, Calhoun Square, Pheromone, Letitgo, P Control, Space, Dolphin, etc. I know this is a loaded question, but do you really think that the songs on this album are comparable in terms of him having fun and delivering spine tingling musical moments?

PE seems to me like an enjoyable album with some interesting moments, perhaps on the level of something like the Truth.

Maybe it's just me, but so far at least, I don't hear those moments that make your body tingle (you know, like those guitar solos in Eye Hate U or Gold or that funk of DOW).

This is the kind of album that I can put on in the background and not get distracted because of moments that make you stop and take notice, which is not the case with most P albums.

The guitar solo in the song Planet Earth is as much of a "body tingler" if not more so than Eye Hate U or Gold.

Why oh why must we continually compare everything of today to everything of yesterday?

It's so much more enjoyable if you just enjoy the songs for what they are, and if you just can't make yourself, then maybe you just move on.

Geez!
It may be a body tingler for some.

I don't live in the past. Although I am nostalgic for the old Prince, I have ridden this raggedy mothetrfucker from the get-go. I find moments to love even in albums no one else loves. But, to tell people to move on because they don't agree is ludicrous.
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Reply #192 posted 07/17/07 6:35pm

BanishedBrian

Accujack said:

The guitar solo in the song Planet Earth is as much of a "body tingler" if not more so than Eye Hate U or Gold.

You really think so? If so, I'm glad for you, because it's great to have that tingly feeling. I'm just not getting it.

Accujack said:

Why oh why must we continually compare everything of today to everything of yesterday?

Well, it's kind of tough to compare the new music to the great music of the future, isn't it? wink

Accujack said:

It's so much more enjoyable if you just enjoy the songs for what they are, and if you just can't make yourself, then maybe you just move on.

Geez!

I think that's the point. Some people aren't really getting much enjoyment from these tracks. It's quite possible for someone to want to enjoy a project and the project simply doesn't produce enjoyment.

If you are enjoying it... good for you. However, there's no reason to try to force yourself to enjoy a subpar product just because you're predisposed to want to like it.

And I'm sure folks who aren't feeling the project will move on and hope that a better one comes along next time.

Geez! razz
[Edited 7/17/07 18:36pm]
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Reply #193 posted 07/17/07 6:39pm

SynthiaRose

Just listened to the MSN stream.

My favs are THE ONE U WANNA C & GUITAR -- i know this because they both made my smile and laugh as I listened to them, especially toward the finales. razz


I thought PLANET EARTH & RESOLUTION were very contemplative and so soothing and peaceful.

SOMEWHERE HERE ON EARTH was beautiful.

I thought FBM would be nice with a new title. The song, upon third listen now is OK... a little fun actually.


Chelsea Rodgers was HORRIBLE. I couldn't believe it. Everyone gave it such praise. The moment it started I HATED IT. Then the woman started singing. I don't wanna hear her. I wanna hear Prince. She's more cringeworthy than Rosie. And I don't like too much FUNK. YUCK!! What is this? The 70s? Bleh! I thought the breakdown toward the end was good. Then I had to fight urges to like it. Love the end hate the majority of the song.

Mr Goodnight is not worth commenting on. Seriously. I mean if its not worth him taking seriously, then why should I.


Did I hear Lion of Judah? Well, it's forgettable apparently but I was sitting right hear listening to the stream and remember zilch about it. Same with All the MIdnights.

Overall, I agree with someone who said it's an average Prince record -- whatever that means.

I least I like about 4 songs. Yea! I did enjoy the stream and will likely buy the album.
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Reply #194 posted 07/17/07 6:40pm

Accujack

Lothan said:

Accujack said:


The guitar solo in the song Planet Earth is as much of a "body tingler" if not more so than Eye Hate U or Gold.

Why oh why must we continually compare everything of today to everything of yesterday?

It's so much more enjoyable if you just enjoy the songs for what they are, and if you just can't make yourself, then maybe you just move on.

Geez!
It may be a body tingler for some.

I don't live in the past. Although I am nostalgic for the old Prince, I have ridden this raggedy mothetrfucker from the get-go. I find moments to love even in albums no one else loves. But, to tell people to move on because they don't agree is ludicrous.

I didn't say to move on if you don't agree. I said that if you just can't make yourself enjoy the new songs, maybe it's time to move on.

Every gotdamn time a new album comes out, the same ole' people show up on here to voice their displeasure.

We get it. The post '88 Prince sucks and the old Prince was Jesus Christ!
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Reply #195 posted 07/17/07 6:47pm

Accujack

BanishedBrian said:

Accujack said:

The guitar solo in the song Planet Earth is as much of a "body tingler" if not more so than Eye Hate U or Gold.

You really think so? If so, I'm glad for you, because it's great to have that tingly feeling. I'm just not getting it.


Well, it's kind of tough to compare the new music to the great music of the future, isn't it? wink

Accujack said:

It's so much more enjoyable if you just enjoy the songs for what they are, and if you just can't make yourself, then maybe you just move on.

Geez!

I think that's the point. Some people aren't really getting much enjoyment from these tracks. It's quite possible for someone to want to enjoy a project and the project simply doesn't produce enjoyment.

If you are enjoying it... good for you. However, there's no reason to try to force yourself to enjoy a subpar product just because you're predisposed to want to like it.

And I'm sure folks who aren't feeling the project will move on and hope that a better one comes along next time.

Geez! razz
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I never "force" myself to like a Prince song or album or anyone else's music for that matter.

I could write a fuckin' book on the tunes by Prince that I dislike.

I believe that a lot of people are "predisposed" to dislike anything new that the man comes out with.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If these same Planet Earth songs were newly discovered outtakes from the 80's the vast majority of people would absolutely love them.

Now you argue that till you're blue in the face, but deep inside you know ti's true.
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Reply #196 posted 07/17/07 6:49pm

BanishedBrian

Accujack said:

Every gotdamn time a new album comes out, the same ole' people show up on here to voice their displeasure.

We get it. The post '88 Prince sucks and the old Prince was Jesus Christ!

The fact that this tired refrain is continually put forth says it all really.

I became a Prince fan because of his 90s input. Without it, I'd never have become the fan that I am. The mid-90s NPG era was as good as it's ever been IMO, though the ~2001-2002 era was pretty damned good too.

The folks who didn't like everything post-'88 left the scene for good about 10-15 years ago.
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Reply #197 posted 07/17/07 6:52pm

Accujack

BanishedBrian said:

Accujack said:

Every gotdamn time a new album comes out, the same ole' people show up on here to voice their displeasure.

We get it. The post '88 Prince sucks and the old Prince was Jesus Christ!

The fact that this tired refrain is continually put forth says it all really.

I became a Prince fan because of his 90s input. Without it, I'd never have become the fan that I am. The mid-90s NPG era was as good as it's ever been IMO, though the ~2001-2002 era was pretty damned good too.

The folks who didn't like everything post-'88 left the scene for good about 10-15 years ago.


No, they quit buying his music, but they're still here bitchin'.
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Reply #198 posted 07/17/07 6:53pm

BanishedBrian

Accujack said:

I believe that a lot of people are "predisposed" to dislike anything new that the man comes out with.

Perhaps. I bet if you looked at old posts from a lot of the current critics, you'd find quite a bit of praise for TRC and ONA Live when those come out.
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Reply #199 posted 07/17/07 6:55pm

Lothan

SynthiaRose said:

Just listened to the MSN stream.

My favs are THE ONE U WANNA C & GUITAR -- i know this because they both made my smile and laugh as I listened to them, especially toward the finales. razz


I thought PLANET EARTH & RESOLUTION were very contemplative and so soothing and peaceful.

SOMEWHERE HERE ON EARTH was beautiful.

I thought FBM would be nice with a new title. The song, upon third listen now is OK... a little fun actually.


Chelsea Rodgers was HORRIBLE. I couldn't believe it. Everyone gave it such praise. The moment it started I HATED IT. Then the woman started singing. I don't wanna hear her. I wanna hear Prince. She's more cringeworthy than Rosie. And I don't like too much FUNK. YUCK!! What is this? The 70s? Bleh! I thought the breakdown toward the end was good. Then I had to fight urges to like it. Love the end hate the majority of the song.

Mr Goodnight is not worth commenting on. Seriously. I mean if its not worth him taking seriously, then why should I.


Did I hear Lion of Judah? Well, it's forgettable apparently but I was sitting right hear listening to the stream and remember zilch about it. Same with All the MIdnights.

Overall, I agree with someone who said it's an average Prince record -- whatever that means.

I least I like about 4 songs. Yea! I did enjoy the stream and will likely buy the album.
the first time i heard Chelsea Rodgers I had the exact same reaction.
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Reply #200 posted 07/17/07 6:55pm

Accujack

BanishedBrian said:

Accujack said:

I believe that a lot of people are "predisposed" to dislike anything new that the man comes out with.

Perhaps. I bet if you looked at old posts from a lot of the current critics, you'd find quite a bit of praise for TRC and ONA Live when those come out.

I was here reading all the griping on the very day of release of TRC.
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Reply #201 posted 07/17/07 6:58pm

Lothan

Accujack said:

Lothan said:

It may be a body tingler for some.

I don't live in the past. Although I am nostalgic for the old Prince, I have ridden this raggedy mothetrfucker from the get-go. I find moments to love even in albums no one else loves. But, to tell people to move on because they don't agree is ludicrous.

I didn't say to move on if you don't agree. I said that if you just can't make yourself enjoy the new songs, maybe it's time to move on.

Every gotdamn time a new album comes out, the same ole' people show up on here to voice their displeasure.

We get it. The post '88 Prince sucks and the old Prince was Jesus Christ!
well I am not one of those people. I still don't see howme not making myself like the new tracks mean I should move on.
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Reply #202 posted 07/17/07 7:03pm

BanishedBrian

Accujack said:

BanishedBrian said:


Perhaps. I bet if you looked at old posts from a lot of the current critics, you'd find quite a bit of praise for TRC and ONA Live when those come out.

I was here reading all the griping on the very day of release of TRC.

And about 95% of the griping was about the JW-references and the use of the Bob George voice. Personally, I didn't have a problem with either.

In any event, I think there's a fundamental difference between the critiques of TRC and Musicology/3121/PE. I'd also bet that it's generally not the same folks.
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Reply #203 posted 07/17/07 7:09pm

Accujack

I sure hope that you're not lumping PE in with 3121 and Musicology.

PE is miles better than those two. Surely, even if you don't completely love PE you can admit that it's has much more in common with TRC than either of the previous two.
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Reply #204 posted 07/17/07 7:15pm

BanishedBrian

Accujack said:

I sure hope that you're not lumping PE in with 3121 and Musicology.

PE is miles better than those two. Surely, even if you don't completely love PE you can admit that it's has much more in common with TRC than either of the previous two.

Well, I'm lumping them together in the sense that they were three albums that were released consecutively, and all have been somewhat disappointing to me considering how good some of his studio and live work had been IMO leading up to Musicology.

I wouldn't lump them together in terms of being of the same quality. I don't think I've ever even been able to stomach listening to Musicology all the way without falling asleep, which already separates it from PE. lol

It's too early for me to say where PE will wind up, but it hasn't gotten the same "hell yeah!" reaction that many other 80s, 90s and 00s projects have when I first heard them. Hopefully the album will continue to grow on me with more listens.
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Reply #205 posted 07/17/07 7:17pm

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Reply #206 posted 07/17/07 7:23pm

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Accujack said:

I sure hope that you're not lumping PE in with 3121 and Musicology.

PE is miles better than those two. Surely, even if you don't completely love PE you can admit that it's has much more in common with TRC than either of the previous two.

Well, I'm lumping them together in the sense that they were three albums that were released consecutively, and all have been somewhat disappointing to me considering how good some of his studio and live work had been IMO leading up to Musicology.

I wouldn't lump them together in terms of being of the same quality. I don't think I've ever even been able to stomach listening to Musicology all the way without falling asleep, which already separates it from PE. lol

It's too early for me to say where PE will wind up, but it hasn't gotten the same "hell yeah!" reaction that many other 80s, 90s and 00s projects have when I first heard them. Hopefully the album will continue to grow on me with more listens.

Out of curiousity, what are the releases this decade that have made you go "hell yeah!"?
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Reply #207 posted 07/17/07 7:42pm

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Accujack said:

BanishedBrian said:


Well, I'm lumping them together in the sense that they were three albums that were released consecutively, and all have been somewhat disappointing to me considering how good some of his studio and live work had been IMO leading up to Musicology.

I wouldn't lump them together in terms of being of the same quality. I don't think I've ever even been able to stomach listening to Musicology all the way without falling asleep, which already separates it from PE. lol

It's too early for me to say where PE will wind up, but it hasn't gotten the same "hell yeah!" reaction that many other 80s, 90s and 00s projects have when I first heard them. Hopefully the album will continue to grow on me with more listens.

Out of curiousity, what are the releases this decade that have made you go "hell yeah!"?



For me! PE makes me say Hell yeah! Finally hearing awesome quality proves this is quality that he has not produced in many a year!

This will go down as a Classic.
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Reply #208 posted 07/17/07 7:43pm

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I've only listened to this about 2 and a half times, so my impressions very well may change. I'll refrain from an official review until it sinks in a bit more. For now, here is how I would rate and rank all of the songs.

1. Planet Earth- 10

Phenomenally epic and grandiose. Those wailing guitars and guttural screams seal the deal. An absolute classic!

2. Lion of Judah- 10 Amazing. I love it when Prince opens up! This song is desperate, vulnerable and ultimately triumphant. I love how he invokes something so monumental as the Lion of Judah when he feels so insignificant.

3. The 1 U Wanna C- 10

Perfect pop/rock! Prince hasn't sounded this playful in 20 years. The "Hey yea yea yeahs" make me so giddy!

4. Somewhere Here on Earth- 10

Finally, a ballad that isn't the same old rehashed come on. The muted trumpets and subdued elegance coupled with the gorgeous and touching vocals make this an absolute home run.

5. Resolution- 8

Yes, it is a bit sing/songy, but I feel it's well done. The lyrics may be a bit naive, but I like that about Prince sometimes- perhaps because I'm a bit naive myself. Very memorable.

6. All the Midnights in the World- 7

I love Prince's colorful, short and sweet songs like "Starfish and Coffee" and "Tangerine". This one is from the same school. I just wish I liked the vocals better.

7. Chelsea Rodgers- 7

It's fun- straight up! I want to like it more, but Shelby's dominance is a bit too much, and it meanders into some awkward, remixey territory toward the end. Still, this will make me dance!

8. Mr. Goodnight- 4

This is a bit embarrassing, but it makes me laugh. Little Spanish man? falloff A guilty pleasure kind of song that may end up being a pleasure.

9. Guitar- 4

Try as I have, I can't bring myself to like this song. Prince's whiney half-sung vocals and trite lyrics detract from some impressive instrumentation. I do like the last 30 seconds where the guitar really goes off.

10. Future Baby Mama- 2

talk to the hand It sounds pretty, but this is the kind of rehashed formula that I don't like. Plus, he either totally misunderstands the term "Baby Mama" or is being genuinely insulting.
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Reply #209 posted 07/17/07 7:51pm

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8. Mr. Goodnight- 4

This is a bit embarrassing, but it makes me laugh. Little Spanish man? falloff A guilty pleasure kind of song that may end up being a pleasure.

10. Future Baby Mama- 2

talk to the hand It sounds pretty, but this is the kind of rehashed formula that I don't like. Plus, he either totally misunderstands the term "Baby Mama" or is being genuinely insulting.


The 'little spanish man' part made me pause and laugh too. Okkkk..

And right about misunderstanding FBM, it's like he's trying to glorify a term that's used for women who don't get the ring or exclusivity.

A 'baby mama' is not really coveted status, more like fallback status. lol
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