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Thread started 05/06/18 2:01pm

cfluid

MLPS & Lotus question...

Do u consider Lotus and MLPS 2 different albums. I tend 2 listen 2 them 2gether as 1 big album. MLPS doesnt really seem like a complete album it seems more like some vault tracks combined on 4 a disc IMO ( like Crystal Ball)

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Reply #1 posted 05/06/18 3:39pm

IstenSzek

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Lotusflower is one album. (a fantastic one, start to finish, definite late career highlight for me)

MPLSound is one album. (a couple of tracks i enjoy very much, and some lesser material)

Lotusflower feels like (and by accounts is) an album he spent a couple of years on, selecting
song for it and playing with the tracklist a bit.

MPLSound feels like a project that happened rather quickly and possibly went through a few
changes at the last minute which made it less than it could have been. didn't john blackwell
at the time state that it was going to be "Controversy Pt 2"? it was hardly that once it was
released. but irrc people in the know have mentioned that it had a different tracklist to the
one that ended up being released. (anyway, 'here', 'dance 4 me' and 'old skool company',
and also 'no more candy 4 u' all make this an album i still play semi regularly).




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Reply #2 posted 05/06/18 3:41pm

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Yup, Lotusflower feels and sounds as if it was a well-thought-out project from beginning to end, unlike MPLS.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #3 posted 05/06/18 3:45pm

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Of course, they're different albums. Why would they have different names otherwise?

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Reply #4 posted 05/06/18 5:14pm

rogifan

Prince told Tavis Smiley that all of MPLSound could be on the radio. 🤔
Paisley Park is in your heart
#PrinceForever 💜
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Reply #5 posted 05/06/18 6:41pm

gandorb

For me, their sound and conception are so different that I have NEVER played them back to back. Honestly, MLPS hasn't gotten nearly as many listens by me as most of his other albums whereas Lotus has.

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Reply #6 posted 05/06/18 6:58pm

blackwell1

Yeah, they are two albums to me. I love MPLS more.Better songs, better flow. More fun.
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Reply #7 posted 05/06/18 7:31pm

dance4me3121

i love both albums.MPLS wouldve been so much better if it didnt have the ballads together.I know valentina comes before better with time but still.

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Reply #8 posted 05/07/18 12:38am

SanMartin

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They sound very different to me, and I've never tried listening to them back-to-back. I think Lotusflow3r is one of his best albums, and whilst MPLS lags behind, it's definitely grown on me. Could do without Chocolate Box though.


That said, in reality my main complaint about those two albums is that Lotusflow3r, instead of ending on Dreamer and going out with a bang, drags on another few minutes with the dull and forgettable Back 2 the Lotus. It's a bit like the dialogue at the end of ATWIAD - I get that it's part of the 'concept', but it doesn't add anything to the listening experience (for me, anyway).

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