24 Mar Review: MPLSoUND By Prince
Here is the CD that John Blackwell referred to months ago as Controversy: The Saga Continues. Not quite but it does capture some of the MPLS0UND from the 80’s updated Linn-Drum style.
1. There’ll Never B (Another Like Me)
Straight up, fans have been and will be divided on this. Some will say it is funky, another will say it did not deserve to be on 1998’s New Power Soul.
It’s Prince bravado and arrogance that may have been missing in some of his songs of late with a long keyboard ending. I like the lyrics and would love to see a remix perhaps with a different arrangement.
2. Chocolate Box
So what’s the deal/R u sportin’ some wheels/or r u ridin’ in a limousine
Q-Tip sings the hook chorus of having a box of chocolates that will knock the sox off any girl. So far, the Internet reaction to this song has been pretty good. Others are just allergic to chocolate or don’t wear sox in the first place.
So what’s the deal/r u gay or poppin’ pills?/why u still wanna take my hand?/This discotech is ’bout to make me a wreck
This one will grow on people and I had a hard time stopping my foot from going with the beat when listening to it.
3. Dance 4 Me
The Linn-Drum again in full effect. Prince uses his speeded up voice talking about how he loves it when you dance for him cuz it gets him hot, because you are shaking everything you got, he likes it because it’s so sexy.
The vourestic Prince takes us on a trip and what turns him on and makes him say Hallelujah! He even drops a nod to fashion icon Christian Dior.
I like this one. (What a surprise huh?) This def will get played again before going on to the next track. I like the fun and funny Prince and this is him all over. Hallelujah indeed!
4. U’re Gonna C Me
This is a re-recorded version of his limited piano release of 2002 ‘s”One Night Alone” and it gets the re-treatment.
With the Linn-Drum hooked up to sound like the sister of “The Beautiful Ones”, the vocals are different but not the words. To me, the previous was more romantic and didn’t need the updated version.
Usually, when it comes to Prince, when he re-records one of his songs, it sounds so different, you could play it back to back and it would not be the same. 3121’s “The Dance” is a perfect example.
It is sung in a higher falsetto towards the end. Look, I am not going to skip this track, I just preferred the original because Prince totally kills it and it is one of his most under-appreciated ballads.
Here comes Prince laying on his purple charm that will have the panties dropping before the middle of the song. He doesn’t even have to be sexual. He has you at the first line where he asks how beautiful r u?
I just don’t want you here/I just don’t want u near me baby/Cuz I am scared I will cry and love you like crazy
It’s different when ur’e grown/The wine don’t taste the same/when ur alone/the size of the bed now seems like the biggest I’ve ever known
Sometimes, you don’t need to be explicit to express your love and desires. It may be more fun but not always needed.
This song is about Valentina, Salma Hayek’s daughter….or is more about Valentina’s mother? I’ll let you decide.
Hey Valentina tell ur mama/she should give me a call/when she get tired of runnin’/after u down the hall/
This song is gonna be a guilty pleasure like “Lolita” before her. From lines like “bootyguards” and saying she is curvier than a fender stratocaster guitar and sure as Betty’s Ugly. Oh man. Even love the cheesiness of the line Penelope wants to Cruz.
It’s playful and nothing serious and women, don’t front if your man got a thing for Salma, you know she hot too!
7. Better With Time
This is a slow lovey dovey groove. I can just see the threads on the fan sites starting up about who this was written about.
This might seem strange/since so much time has passed/and since only 1 of us still looks the same/ur words not mine, baby/ur still fine yes u r/Like wine, you get better with time
Was this the song that Prince was talking about when he mentioned a song about Kristen Scott Thomas to Ann Powers of the L.A. Times in December? it can’t be, can it?
If you liked songs like “One Kiss At A Time” and “Soul Sanctuary”, this one is def for you.
8. Ol’ Skool Company
For those wondering if this would sound like it did live, no it won’t. Prince’s speeded up voice returns but the kicking groove is still the same.
He is grooving but still getting topical:
Fat cats on wall street/they got a bailout/while everybody else got to wait/ 700 billion but my old neighborhood/ain’t nothing changed but the date
You have to hear this cut live and hopefully one day you will, because the way Prince closes it, it’s true;
Tell ur’e friends Prince and the MPLS0und can’t be beat…suckas
Hidden Track??? No More Candy 4 U
We were not able to listen to this one but here is a snippet of some interesting lyrics:
2 all the haterz on the Internet/Somebody’s looking at u/No more candy 4 u/They got ur number now, fool/2 all the suckerz winning anything and thanking the Lord 4 what they do/No more candy 4 u
The disc clocks in at just under 50 minutes but it’s groove should last with you a lot longer than that. I like this one. I like lotusflow3r too and to compare the two would be an injustice to you, Prince, and the music. Some will say Prince has lost “it.” I don’t think he has. I am glad the lyrics will be online so people pay attention to what is said.
This CD is an enjoyable one compared to the socially conscious Lotusflw3r and it is a good thing they are both packaged together for your listening pleasure.-Dr.FB