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Thread started 05/03/15 8:28am

KingSausage

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The least listenable Prince album?

What Prince album do you find the least listenable? Is there a particular album that you have a hard time listening to? For me, it's MPLSound. I hate that album. I find almost nothing redeeming on it. Even the few songs that I can almost stomach (Dance 4 Me) sound like a shitty imitations of past songs, made all the worse by his attempt to give them the Mineapolis sound treatment. It just emphasizes how far he had fallen.

Planet Earth comes close, but it's saved by the sublime Somewhere Here on Earth and All the Midnights in the World.

At one point in time, for several years in fact, I thought NPS would be the album I found the least listenable. But Come On, The One, Wasted Kisses, and a couple others help elevate it a bit.
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Reply #1 posted 05/03/15 8:40am

NorthC

Only one? That would be either Rainbow Children or that Symbol album. But that one at least has Sexy MF and The Sacrifice of Victor on it. So the winner (or loser) is the pseudo jazzrock of Rainbow Children.
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Reply #2 posted 05/03/15 8:50am

RJOrion

Chaos and Disorder
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Reply #3 posted 05/03/15 8:52am

feeluupp

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PLANET EARTH.... Like I explained in the Planet Earth thread...

All his "bad" albums, have at least 2 to 3 enjoyable/listenable tracks on it. Even though MPLS Sound isn't good, it has at least more energy than Planet Earth... Planet Earth is just bland, boring and puts people to sleep.

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Reply #4 posted 05/03/15 9:46am

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Kamasutra by far in my case. I used to love it, then I discovered contemporary music and realized it made no sense at all.

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Reply #5 posted 05/03/15 10:07am

warning2all

MPLSound- without any doubt whatsoever. Absolute, utter, painful, pointless, mediocre, amateur garbage. Unlistenable. There is no reason whatsoever for this album to exist.
What kind of person sees fit to release this, and keep so many great recordings in his vault?

I'm not trashing Prince, the man- he's entertained me more than any other recording artist. As an singlular album, this is junk.
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Reply #6 posted 05/03/15 10:35am

dustoff

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Rave.

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Reply #7 posted 05/03/15 11:01am

ludwig

AOA

I listened to it twice, and will never do it again. Garbage.

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Reply #8 posted 05/03/15 11:33am

bonatoc

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RJOrion said:

Chaos and Disorder


I thought so for years.

Then I tried a fresh approach.

Chaos and Disorder is one hell of an album, the Peach and Black Podcast crew were not mistaken.
He does get close to the bone with this one.

The Colors R brighter, the Bond is much tighter
No Child's a failure
Until the Blue Sailboat sails him away from his dreams
Don't Ever Lose, Don't Ever Lose
Don't Ever Lose Your Dreams
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Reply #9 posted 05/03/15 12:04pm

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I would say NPS: I was working in a record store when it came out, spun it in the store a few times and based on that, didn't even buy it. BUT, since I haven't heard it since, it wouldn't be fair to condemn it like that.

So, I'm gonna say Emancipation. For every song I like on that one, there's at least two more that are so annoying they actually make me kind of angry.

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Reply #10 posted 05/03/15 12:09pm

GiggityGoo

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For me it's "The Rainbow Children". Listened to it when it came out, didn't get back to it for a few weeks, and I've never wanted to go back. I know a lot of people consider it experimental and genius and all that, but to me it's self-indulgent, misogynistic, misguided, and just plain boring.

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Reply #11 posted 05/03/15 12:11pm

CharismaDove

eyewishuheaven said:

I would say NPS: I was working in a record store when it came out, spun it in the store a few times and based on that, didn't even buy it. BUT, since I haven't heard it since, it wouldn't be fair to condemn it like that.

So, I'm gonna say Emancipation. For every song I like on that one, there's at least two more that are so annoying they actually make me kind of angry.


I find myself feeling the same a lot. Especially when I'm working out and want to remain consistently entertained, then some of the P's sterile plastic tunes that come up on shuffle piss me off because they usually follow a kick ass track like Computer Blue or The Future lol

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I guess you know me well, I dont like winter, but I seem to get a kick outta doing you cold
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Reply #12 posted 05/03/15 12:12pm

CharismaDove

His least listenable album is TRC. I love that crazy, experimental record but it's too long a trip that I only spend time listening to it about once ever two months

I guess you know me well, I dont like winter, but I seem to get a kick outta doing you cold
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Reply #13 posted 05/03/15 12:37pm

Ego101

Too many to list.. but if i had to oick 1 id say ...hmmm..?

Too Many to list!

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Reply #14 posted 05/03/15 12:40pm

NorthC

CharismaDove said:

His least listenable album is TRC. I love that crazy, experimental record but it's too long a trip that I only spend time listening to it about once ever two months


Once every two months? Then it's not unlistenable to you! I can't think of any album I listen to every two months!
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Reply #15 posted 05/03/15 1:10pm

terrig

eyewishuheaven said:

I would say NPS: I was working in a record store when it came out, spun it in the store a few times and based on that, didn't even buy it. BUT, since I haven't heard it since, it wouldn't be fair to condemn it like that.

So, I'm gonna say Emancipation. For every song I like on that one, there's at least two more that are so annoying they actually make me kind of angry.



NPS is the clunker for me - just a middling of nothings.

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Reply #16 posted 05/03/15 1:11pm

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databank said:

Kamasutra by far in my case.

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Reply #17 posted 05/03/15 1:37pm

tollyc

KingSausage said:

What Prince album do you find the least listenable? Is there a particular album that you have a hard time listening to? For me, it's MPLSound. I hate that album. I find almost nothing redeeming on it. Even the few songs that I can almost stomach (Dance 4 Me) sound like a shitty imitations of past songs, made all the worse by his attempt to give them the Mineapolis sound treatment. It just emphasizes how far he had fallen. Planet Earth comes close, but it's saved by the sublime Somewhere Here on Earth and All the Midnights in the World. At one point in time, for several years in fact, I thought NPS would be the album I found the least listenable. But Come On, The One, Wasted Kisses, and a couple others help elevate it a bit.

Favorite Albums:

Dream Factory/Crystal Ball Configuration

Sign of the times

Purple Rain

1999

Parade

Gold Experience

Least Favorite Albums:

For You

MPSound

Planet Earth

NewPower Soul

Plectrum Electrum

The worst era by far was the music made from 1999-2004.

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Reply #18 posted 05/03/15 1:58pm

KingSausage

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I find most of the "High" era material that later found its way onto Slaughterhouse and the Chocolate Invasion to be some of the shittiest music Prince has ever recorded. And when you put those songs together to attempt to form albums out of them, their weakness gets even more glaring.

tollyc said:

KingSausage said:

What Prince album do you find the least listenable? Is there a particular album that you have a hard time listening to? For me, it's MPLSound. I hate that album. I find almost nothing redeeming on it. Even the few songs that I can almost stomach (Dance 4 Me) sound like a shitty imitations of past songs, made all the worse by his attempt to give them the Mineapolis sound treatment. It just emphasizes how far he had fallen. Planet Earth comes close, but it's saved by the sublime Somewhere Here on Earth and All the Midnights in the World. At one point in time, for several years in fact, I thought NPS would be the album I found the least listenable. But Come On, The One, Wasted Kisses, and a couple others help elevate it a bit.

Favorite Albums:

Dream Factory/Crystal Ball Configuration

Sign of the times

Purple Rain

1999

Parade

Gold Experience

Least Favorite Albums:

For You

MPSound

Planet Earth

NewPower Soul

Plectrum Electrum

The worst era by far was the music made from 1999-2004.

"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
-Eugene Tackleberry
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Reply #19 posted 05/03/15 2:22pm

MIRvmn

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PlecElec, his worst album so far neutral
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Reply #20 posted 05/03/15 2:29pm

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I think I might have to agree with MPLSound. I dislike the first track, so that's a turn-off straight up. Other than "Dance 4 Me", the rest is pretty forgettable and sterile.

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Reply #21 posted 05/03/15 3:05pm

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I agree about 'MPLSound.'

I also don't listen to 'NEWS' or 'The Rainbow Children.' (Sorry, not sorry.)

'3121', 'Musicology', 'Planet Earth' & '20Ten' don't really get a lot of play either.

There are a couple songs each of those that I like, tho.

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Reply #22 posted 05/03/15 3:32pm

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Definitely MPLsound. Some of the tracks I find alright in isolation but never one after the other.
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Reply #23 posted 05/03/15 5:03pm

mrsquirrel

Man, Love Symbol is not unlistenable - it is the pinnacle of reverbaratory genius. Ok, maybe the guitar riff on Three Chains o' Gold does emote Pepsi Commercial and you wish you could set up a platform in the middle of the town center just for feedback purposes but otherwise it is as set in stone as the culmination of all Prince.

It's like all those people who underrate Final Fantasy VII because they were not there at the time - nice rocket, shame about the FMV sequence, and the fact all time spent together will go its own way and never stay in touch.

And of course MPLSound is like being trapped inside an infinite school with nothing but Naomi Klein essays for assistance. How's that for projection!

In conclusion, all music is unlistenable.

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Reply #24 posted 05/03/15 5:10pm

KingSausage

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mrsquirrel said:

Man, Love Symbol is not unlistenable - it is the pinnacle of reverbaratory genius. Ok, maybe the guitar riff on Three Chains o' Gold does emote Pepsi Commercial and you wish you could set up a platform in the middle of the town center just for feedback purposes but otherwise it is as set in stone as the culmination of all Prince.



It's like all those people who underrate Final Fantasy VII because they were not there at the time - nice rocket, shame about the FMV sequence, and the fact all time spent together will go its own way and never stay in touch.



And of course MPLSound is like being trapped inside an infinite school with nothing but Naomi Klein essays for assistance. How's that for projection!



In conclusion, all music is unlistenable.



I was going to say that.
"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
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Reply #25 posted 05/03/15 6:41pm

thedoorkeeper

There was a book a few years ago that
came with a cd. That cd is the least
listenable. About once a year I put it on
and end up turning it off about 2 or 3 songs
in.
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Reply #26 posted 05/03/15 7:10pm

KingSausage

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thedoorkeeper said:

There was a book a few years ago that
came with a cd. That cd is the least
listenable. About once a year I put it on
and end up turning it off about 2 or 3 songs
in.



Indigo Nights. Yes! That's an album so shitty that I forget it even exists.
"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
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Reply #27 posted 05/03/15 7:32pm

IstenSzek

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KingSausage said:

thedoorkeeper said:
There was a book a few years ago that came with a cd. That cd is the least listenable. About once a year I put it on and end up turning it off about 2 or 3 songs in.
Indigo Nights. Yes! That's an album so shitty that I forget it even exists.

you have to hand it to him though, out of everything he performed at the O2, and he

did some stuff that was absolutely amazing, he chose that shitty sequence of tracks.

same with the book, it could have been so much more. another wasted chance to be

putting some of his brilliance across into markets that might not know hims too well

yet. oh well. at least we have the bootlegs. like 'the rock show'.

and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #28 posted 05/03/15 7:35pm

mrsquirrel

KingSausage said:

thedoorkeeper said:
There was a book a few years ago that came with a cd. That cd is the least listenable. About once a year I put it on and end up turning it off about 2 or 3 songs in.
Indigo Nights. Yes! That's an album so shitty that I forget it even exists.

So you refute the existence of Tanzinia then. I thought Tanzinia was an island just outside Australia but it turns out to be another slice of Africa

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Reply #29 posted 05/03/15 8:01pm

mrsquirrel

Tanzania! Repeat "Tanzania!"

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