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Thread started 01/27/14 3:30am

andykeen

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N.E.W.S - I aint trollin'

I've been a member of this site now for some many years, and a Prince fan for a few more. Like most fans, my taste in Prince's music evolves and changes over time, however, one album just keeps getting Better With Time wink. Seriously, this has become my favourite Prince album of late - and no, I aint trolling. I know that this album has often been re-tilted S.N.O.O.Z.E by many a fan, but it truely excites and inspires me. It's like a Stanley Kubrick movie - Each time I listen to this album, I always hear something new - something I didn't notice before.

Anyways - I'm not here to win people over, but I am here to give some appreciation to an album which is very-very over looked and underrated.


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Reply #1 posted 01/27/14 4:12am

Javi

Whether one likes it or not, it was Prince looking forward and not backwards, and that's always to his merit considering the brilliant past catalogue he has.

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Reply #2 posted 01/27/14 4:43am

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I've always liked it. Give me ten albums like this rather than one album of the shite he's putting out these days.
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Reply #3 posted 01/27/14 5:23am

databank

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In my book N.E.W.S. is one of Prince's best albums ever. Not kidding.

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Reply #4 posted 01/27/14 5:48am

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Agreed. It's one of my favs too. I've always felt T.R.C, O.N.A., N.E.W.S, was one of Prince's most musically fruitful periods.
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Reply #5 posted 01/27/14 5:55am

Giovanni777

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databank said:

In my book N.E.W.S. is one of Prince's best albums ever. Not kidding.

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Then we have the same book, my friend. Totally agree.

"He's a musician's musician..."
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Reply #6 posted 01/27/14 6:38am

Javi

thanks2joniandu said:

Agreed. It's one of my favs too. I've always felt T.R.C, O.N.A., N.E.W.S, was one of Prince's most musically fruitful periods.

It was. Like I've said before, he was trying to make different things, not caring much about commercial success. Then, with Musicology, it was looking backwards again; there were good tunes on it and on the next album, but it was Prince trying to recover something of who he was 20 years ago.

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Reply #7 posted 01/27/14 9:54am

RumAndRaisin

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Its a light jazz album, only a moron would listen to it expecting something else then complain its "boring".

NEWS is a superb album

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Reply #8 posted 01/27/14 10:33am

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Javi said:

thanks2joniandu said:

Agreed. It's one of my favs too. I've always felt T.R.C, O.N.A., N.E.W.S, was one of Prince's most musically fruitful periods.

It was. Like I've said before, he was trying to make different things, not caring much about commercial success. Then, with Musicology, it was looking backwards again; there were good tunes on it and on the next album, but it was Prince trying to recover something of who he was 20 years ago.

I remember listening to T.R.C for the first time and I felt so invigorated and RELIEVED that he was going in this direction musically. His focus was the music and the craft of making music. When the Musicology tour came to Cleveland we went, thrilled with the performance but then popped in the free disc they gave us after the concert and I thought..."awwww, man- trying too hard again, forced etc..."

I still prefer the whole Musicology, 3121, Planet Earth time period a hell of a lot more than Emancipation, New Power Soul and Rave period.

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Reply #9 posted 01/27/14 10:34am

ufoclub

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OKay... lemme put it on. It's been years, and all I listened to before was East.

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Reply #10 posted 01/27/14 11:47am

AhPook

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thanks2joniandu said:

Agreed. It's one of my favs too. I've always felt T.R.C, O.N.A., N.E.W.S, was one of Prince's most musically fruitful periods.

Absolutely. The years 2001-2003, while not always satisfying, were very exciting. Experimentation is not a bad thing, even when it falls flat.

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Reply #11 posted 01/27/14 12:44pm

Byron

The last minute or so of "North" is sublime...gorgeous, haunting music.

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Reply #12 posted 01/27/14 12:55pm

iZsaZsa

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I have it, but I have yet to listen to it. I don't know what I'm waiting for. shrug
What?
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Reply #13 posted 01/27/14 1:41pm

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Giovanni777 said:

databank said:

In my book N.E.W.S. is one of Prince's best albums ever. Not kidding.

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Then we have the same book, my friend. Totally agree.

Ditto, this is probably one of my most played (obscure)(whatever that is) Prince albums ever.

Some people are like Slinkies...

They're good for nothing but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
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Reply #14 posted 01/27/14 3:43pm

mikedelic

I check this site every day (being a purple junkie-- by the way, why you guys drop the ball not announcing new material on the front page, sometimes??? nvrmnd) --anyway, so I read alot but rarely post (maybe 3 times in 7 years or something, I dunno) BUT, I'm weighing in on this one...

Although I prefer Prince when he does bizarro "pop" music (and no one does it better) I have to say, I've probably listened to this album of his more than any other. Let me explain... I often listen to instrumental music while I sleep (other than eating strange foods-- it can sometimes have the effect of making your dreams trip, not to mention, part of me hopes to extra-absorb sounds and get a sort of oddball music education while I sleep-- Baby Mozart, anyone, ha!)

So, I put this album on repeat and just let it play while I'll sleep. Maybe that sounds like kind of an insult, considering some of the "criticisms" on here I've read about this album-- but I assure you, it is not.

To me, this album is full of sonic adventure and is both strangely free and meticulously crafted at the same time. What got me into Prince in the first place were not only the melodies and concepts but also, alot of the arrangements. To have a great song with a great concept and then to arrange it in strange and exciting ways and to top it off with uninhibited delivery-- that is the formula for revelatory listening experience right there. Although this is strictly an instrumental album, it's thoughtfully and adventurously arranged, and to me, along with some of the other music from this period, saw him really just doing the "music" thing-- without the, of late, "baggage" of stardom burdening his creations. Don't get me wrong-- I still want songs-- but, as someone who also just likes cool music for music's sake, this shit was way out there in Prince being Prince land and I found it totally groovy. I'll second the other poster on that I'd take another of these albums over ten albums like the last few (give or take a track here and there).

That said, why people always be hatin' on NewpowerSoul?.. cool

See you in another few years...

p.s. NouveauDance: I'm still crushin' on Dallas Mustache! HA! Controversy 4ever...

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Reply #15 posted 01/27/14 4:27pm

nursev

I've always loved NEWS. West is a guitar lovers paradise. It deserved to win a grammy. The whole cd is lovely. BTW my 20 yr old son has made some of his friends fans just from listening to West cool
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Reply #16 posted 01/27/14 5:19pm

nursev

iZsaZsa said:

I have it, but I have yet to listen to it. I don't know what I'm waiting for. shrug


Give it a chance.
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Reply #17 posted 01/27/14 5:44pm

blackwell1

Always loved this CD. It is a real gem in the Prince collection. It shows such deft execution of style, musicianship, of course, feeling and vibe - all wrapped up in a unique package (14 minute pieces).

I think I have two copies of this because I dang near wore out the first one!

Thanks for showing love to N.E.W.S.

All love.

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Reply #18 posted 01/27/14 6:45pm

IstenSzek

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Byron said:

The last minute or so of "North" is sublime...gorgeous, haunting music.

i love that. the guitar sounding like wind.

whole album is very cool.

this, c-note, trc, xpectation. such a great string of releases. cool

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #19 posted 01/27/14 7:38pm

Superconductor

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thanks2joniandu said:

Agreed. It's one of my favs too. I've always felt T.R.C, O.N.A., N.E.W.S, was one of Prince's most musically fruitful periods.

+1

I'd add Xpectation to that list. Violin and saxophone.

...every night another symphony...
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Reply #20 posted 01/27/14 7:53pm

thanks2joniand
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IstenSzek said:



Byron said:


The last minute or so of "North" is sublime...gorgeous, haunting music.





i love that. the guitar sounding like wind.



whole album is very cool.



this, c-note, trc, xpectation. such a great string of releases. cool




I forgot about CNOTE..."Toe-key-ohhh!!" wink
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Reply #21 posted 01/27/14 8:40pm

lust

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Love love love. That sample of east that went online prior to release with the heavy guitar and scratching is burned into my noggin.
If the milk turns out to be sour, I aint the kinda pussy to drink it!
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Reply #22 posted 01/27/14 11:57pm

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^Haha. Yeah, I remember that sample. I remember being a little disappointed when finally hearing the album for the first time because I was expecting the whole thing to be like that sample. The album was a bit more 'jammy' than I had anticipated. That said, I've always liked the album, though it's been a few years since I've listened to it.

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Reply #23 posted 01/28/14 1:32am

lust

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Remember how it was claimed on here that the music was synced to the wizard of oz? You had to press play as soon as Dot opens the door to the colourful oz. I tried it at the time and it seemed to work, presumably through confirmation bias.
If the milk turns out to be sour, I aint the kinda pussy to drink it!
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Reply #24 posted 01/28/14 1:35am

bluefish

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Y'all are making me want to hear this album again, and I'm not even a fan of instrumentals. I've never listened to the album all the way through for that reason.

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Reply #25 posted 01/28/14 9:51am

Genesia

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TheDigitalGardener said:

I've always liked it. Give me ten albums like this rather than one album of the shite he's putting out these days.


This.

We don’t mourn artists because we knew them. We mourn them because they helped us know ourselves.
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Reply #26 posted 01/28/14 10:17am

Dave1992

He was inspired. I love it when Prince is inspired. Great album.

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Reply #27 posted 01/28/14 1:51pm

funkomatic

Interesting concept, but in the end a rather mediocre execution!

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Reply #28 posted 01/29/14 8:25am

Byron

funkomatic said:

Interesting concept, but in the end a rather mediocre execution!


What was the concept?

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Reply #29 posted 01/29/14 8:26am

Byron

IstenSzek said:

Byron said:

The last minute or so of "North" is sublime...gorgeous, haunting music.

i love that. the guitar sounding like wind.

whole album is very cool.

this, c-note, trc, xpectation. such a great string of releases. cool


nod nod...Had zero complaints during those years. Add in his One Nite Along - Piano CD as well.

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