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Thread started 10/14/13 9:22pm

theblueangel

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"Rich Friends" appreciation

I know I'm a few years late, but I just listened to this song in my car tonight on the way home from work and realized that I really like it...which is interesting, because the first time I heard it I was so incredibly underwhelmed that I haven't listened to it since.

Granted, the first time I heard it was a crappy version recorded off the radio with the DJ intro bleeding into the song, and the quality was pretty abysmal. About a year ago, I came across a high quality version without the DJ intro and downloaded it, and although I burned it to disc I never bothered to listen to it until tonight...and I was really impressed.

It started off as I remember, with some pretty cheesy sounding keyboards and that stupid "Who needs money when you've got rich friends?" line...but then some other instrumentation including some guitar licks started creeping in, and the sparseness of the arrangement became a plus rather than a minus. Also, I actually like a lot of the lyrics, like "You can't buy happiness, but you can pay for the search." Not exactly mind-blowing, but at least I can relate to it, which is more than I can say for much of his recent output.

But the part that really sucked me in is his vocals...so often today I feel that he uses a really lazy vocal style and doesn't layer his vocals and sing different lines using different styles of singing like he used to - but it's all over this track, and I love it.

Does anyone else share my belated admiration for this track?

No confusion, no tears. No enemies, no fear. No sorrow, no pain. No ball, no chain.

Sex is not love. Love is not sex. Putting words in other people's mouths will only get you elected.

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Reply #1 posted 10/15/13 2:18am

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Truth is, I heared it only once, but I remember liking it. That's the good part about all the negative comments here: when you finally hear the track, you can only go: it's not that bad! (Purple & Gold excepted.) Rich Friends reminded me of the Batman sound.
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Reply #2 posted 10/15/13 5:27am

IstenSzek

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it's probably the song i've listened most to this year from any of the

post Lotusflower tracks.

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especially in the car, it works really well. i love the sonics in the song,

the delivery, the guitar, even the backing vocals by the npg lol

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i don't care if popular opinion is that it sucks, for me personally, it's a

home run. absolutely enjoy it start to end, every time.

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #3 posted 10/15/13 7:20am

luvsexy4all

thank zelaira for that piece of crap

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Reply #4 posted 10/15/13 7:51am

RodeoSchro

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I better get this. Like SuperSoulFighter, I've only heard it once. I think it's just about the only Prince song I don't have (aside from "Purple and Gold", of course!).

Second Funkiest White Man in America

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Reply #5 posted 10/15/13 9:03am

theblueangel

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luvsexy4all said:

thank zelaira for that piece of crap

How so?

No confusion, no tears. No enemies, no fear. No sorrow, no pain. No ball, no chain.

Sex is not love. Love is not sex. Putting words in other people's mouths will only get you elected.

Need more sleep than coke or methamphetamine.
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