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Review: Lotusflow3r By Prince

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Lotusflow3r by Prince or should we say for this, Pr1nce. We are told this is the rock album from Pr1nce. let's not wait any longer....

1.  From The Lotus

The instrumental track sounds like something from Pr1nce's still unreleased Undertaker album, very guitar and drum heavy.  Good introduction to let you know what you are about to experience.

2. Boom

Boom is sung in Pr1nce's high falsetto and has a great guitar breakdown that should have you by the middle of the song.  His guitar prowess is there and blends in well without any overproduction factors.

3. Crimson & Clover*

The song made by famous in the 60's by Tommy James and the Shondells has received the Pr1nce touch and it should become a favorite.  Please note, I am not really much on covers when it comes to Pr1nce only because the man is so talented, he really makes the songs his own.  It just comes too easy for him and with artists as great as him, I like the challenge of something new.

Like I said, this is Pr1nce's song now and when he kicks into "Wild Thing" live, you will agree.

3. The Morning After**

The Morning After is a song culled from Pr1nce's 2006 sessions and all I will say is after Adam Levine hears it, he may want Pr1nce to write some songs for the next Maroon 5 record.

4. 4ever

The reason why this love song stands out for me is because it is simplistic in the sense of not over recorded or over-dubbed.  Pr1nce ballads are synonymous sometimes for sexual overtones or writing with an innocence of first love. 

He combines the two well, from the talk of holding hands, yet still putting himself somewhat more experienced as he could be your future lover, you could be his future girl.

5. Colonized Mind

The mellow-dramatic Pr1nce comes at you with a Colonized Mind. Is this about the music industry?  The New Evolution? Political Propaganda? All of the above. Regardless, we are being uploaded new information for us to download and process.

Pr1nce is getting serious and throwing down lessons while his guitar makes sure you get the point or else it will still be the blind leading the blind.

Background vocals on this track are Shelby J., Marva King, Bria Valente, and The Twinz.

6. Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful

This track may have been re-recorded since he put a sample up on the net in 2006, not sure. Regardless, this track seems to fit in more here then 3 years ago anyway.

The track is funky compared to rest of the record so far. He brags, he boasts, he attacks, shoot, he even censors himself.  Pr1nce invites you to his purple rock n roll and are you really going to say no? Not if you don't want to Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful.

Pr1ncely screams towards the end close out this track.

7. Love Like Jazz

The Girl From Ipanema anyone?  lol. The title is quite self explanatory and makes me think Pr1nce may have been listening to some of his "Parade" era stuff before recording this track.

I want a lover that can improvise/I want a lover that can make me cry/ I don't care what you learned in lovemaking school/u and me about to jam/make love like the first woman and man

Comparing notes of music to the sound and act of love making equals Pr1nce's love like jazz.

The guitar humps n thumps into the next track.....

8. 77 Beverly Park

If you were expecting a track like the last song he named after his previous place he lived, 3121, you would be wrong as it is an instrumental piece.

It sounds again like Parade era style jazz but could also fit in after Pr1nce's 1979 self-titled release, like say after the song "When We Are Dancing Close & Slow". 

9. Wall Of Berlin

The way Prince starts this, you wonder if he is dreaming or he was transported to Germany.  He doesn't believe in luck but he is curious by the one girl who it is written upon who gets down like the wall of Berlin.

This track may not be as good as Colonized Mind but the so-called innocence of Pr1nce is there as they should just pretend they met, understanding that getting down like the wall of Berlin is something new and exciting, so much so, he can't tell if it is reality or just a dream.

10. $

This song. Pr1nce calls in Maceo and here comes Pr1nce's speeded up voice. 

What difference does it make who has the most bank/It's just ink and chlorophyll.

He is not so much bragging or boasting but more like peepin' the scene at the club and seeing $ in the eyes of the boys and girls.

Pawns aside who's the King 2 and 4/With hot sauce from the Bay to Baltimore.

I like this track and glad it is on here more than MPLS0und just to bring a different flavor to this album. It is the first track that fades and makes me wonder if there is a longer version existing elsewhere?

11. Dreamer

Jimi, are you listening?

Pr1nce addresses racism in the colors of red, white, and blue.  Bringing up the disturbing image of Dr. Martin Luther King laying in a bloody pool.  It is not used to shock the listener, but more likely educate them thru his eyes.

If it was just a dream/Call me a dreamer 2

Pr1nce brings up race in the sense of a race to what and where are we going. His socially conscious view in a post President Barack Obama world, where racism may be swept under the carpet, but make no mistake about it, it's still there. 

It's refreshing when Pr1nce gets topical to me and if the listener can grasp the story he is telling and hear it from his point of view instead of their own, then the song will stand out the way it should.

12. Back To The Lotus

A slow downed jam that returns from the 1st one obviously.  Towards the end is a distorted voice very much slowed down and was hard to make out what was being said.

The Lotusflow3r is more of a rock record than guitar record. Let's not get that twisted.  There is no dance rock like Let's Go Crazy or Fury or Bambi. This is more along the lines of Pr1nce's The Cross and Sign O The Times and it is refreshing regardless if it may not be upbeat.  You want upbeat?  Put on $ or Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful. Boom is the groove. It also features drums by Michael B. on 5 of the tracks.

The Lotusflow3r is one you should let bloom over time.  Perhaps only then, can you see it's true beauty.-Dr.FB

*Only on Target release we are told.

**Only on Lotusflow3r.com version we are told.

I really hope I did not ruin a big surprise with that.  I think it is very cool and another bonus to join the site.

Comments (27)
  1. I think this album is full of spiritual meaning and good for all ears, it also has a political message of LoVe not hate.

    Prince is an amazing guitar player and really has never been put on the same page as Clapton, Hendrix and others and should be.
    I love this CD and think the creative side of this musician is untouchable. I like the way he took other songs and turned them around for us”musicians” to figure out. Hits are for kids. It’s the message that counts..
    Steve Blevins
    Jonesborough Tennessee

  2. I found that album quite contrasted. Some track amazing, some a bit flat to me and couple of ones i just can’t stand! i have to listen to it more closely, but i don’t have the 3 first ones after intro “boom” “the morning after” nor “4ever”. I don’t know, it must be something whith the melodies i found quite repulsive..can’t explain more yet. The following tune, “colonised mind “is definitly a masterpiece to me , “feel better feel good…”is excellent, it has that crazyness i love so much for a long time and that i just immediatly highly appreeciate. Sorry but “love like jazz “doesn’t turn me loose (still thoses melodies)-“77 beverly park” just awsome, this time the Bria valente dolce vita feeling has invest lostuflo3r. Don’t have “Wall of berlin” either have to check the lyrics further. “$” quite rocking together with “dreamer”, the solos fantastic.
    on the website version missing outstanding crimson and clovers.
    I’m more into Mplsound and Elixer.

  3. Thank you Dr. Funkenberry! Much appreciated advancer, my dude!

  4. Olive ,Good luck it’s your uncle or family blow it up to night,and Princess thank you for making her dreams come true!

  5. This is supposed to be the “rock” album? Aside from a few rock tracks, it’s pretty basic soul stuff, in the vein of stuff that he’s been doing for the past few years. I’m not dissing the record, as I like it, but it’s by no means a “rock record”.

  6. lou save ur hate til after u hear it .thanks for the dope review doc fb im chilling out listining to maggot brain by funkadellic just chillin waiting for the site to go live and the purple bomb to go boom

  7. Site goes live at 7:07 pdt? or 6:07 pdt.

  8. Gonna love this!! Thanks 4 the review, Dr. FB! Got me excited over here, that’s 4 sure!

  9. It pays to drink the purple kool-aid, you get first dibs at his new music, you know, so it can be a “safe” and “positive” review. I would have been more impressed if Dr. Funk would tell the truth, but he has to keep the “kool aid” coming in. Nothing real about those 3 reviews at all… you know I speak the truth.

  10. LOU IS A TURD. yount – LOL

  11. I hate the Idea of two different tracklists, have a bonus song by all means, but to omit the lead single from the lotusflow3r site version is bizarre. I was going to get the download version, but to have Crimson I also have to buy the CD.

    The album should be a complete body of work, the song either belongs on the album or it doesn’t. This move is all about the $.

    I hope this info is wrong

  12. Oh and thanks, Doc! Great track by track review!

  13. To those who say they have already heard the albums:

    Where and how, if I may ask? I’m not looking for a link or a hint, I’m just interested in how you guys got to listen to them this early. Was there a leak or something?

  14. I can already tell that i’m absolutely gonna love the ”LotusFlow3r” album, My favorite song from this album is ”Crimson and Clover” it’s just a really sweet tune with a very sexy laid back vibe, and i recently saw the video clip of the video at Prince’s website, it’s truly a cool video, i can’t wait to see it in it’s entierty.

  15. Thanks for the reviews Dr FB. I guess I’ll have to wait till after 7 pm 2nite 2 hear them for myself. Hopefully I can get tixs to the shows on the 28th.

  16. thank you! :)

  17. Yo Lou. some people are just being genuine unlike a few.
    Besides Lotusflow3r is supposed to be a positive thing. The anticipation and promotions are all supposed to be good.
    Same goes for every other artist and every other shit artist YOU listen to, Lou.
    Its called promoting and ‘genuine’ promoting (for that special few).

    If you don’t like it stick your head in a Rolling Stone.

    You can fuckin hate, but you keep commin back. ;)

  18. Thanks for the review. Best I’ve seen.

    There better be some way I can get my hands on ‘Crimson & Clover’ if I’m paying $77 later on …

    Regardless, I’m looking forward to this.

  19. Love when people have conversations with themselves here. Love the name Dr.Detroit regardless. ;)

  20. Why is “$” on Lotusflow3r, anyway? Prince… nice lyrics on “$”, coming from a millionaire. Let me take your money away and you’ll see how much it means…

  21. “Here and there,” sure, but overall you don’t get the impression he’s being “nice” instead of being “honest?”

  22. ^SomethingWild,whats up girl!when are you visiting Detroit again?hit me up sugar!
    I agree with miss SomethingWild,Mplsound was quite an unsuspected uppercut of an album!really didn’t have my hopes up too high for it and BAM!!!right in the kisser.this album REALLY sounds like it was recorded in 1986 and it definately has the Camille attitude and funk as well.
    DAMN!

  23. well, Lou, I wouldn’t call this an overtly biased review, more like track-by-track impressions upon a listen. please notice the not so positive remarks here and there.

  24. ok.
    just finished listening to Mplsound in it’s entirety…first impression=HOLY SH*T!
    this album sooo reminds me of the Camille era and i was not expecting that!
    my goodness Prince,where have you been for so long?
    gonna go play Lotusflow3r now.

  25. We can’t get a real review from Dr. Funk… he gets all the inside scoops from Paisley, so of course he’s going to say positive things…


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