OK. Here’s the deal. Last weekend, Prince (the Purple one, from Minneapolis – we really want to like his music, but he makes it so damn difficult) released his new album, 20Ten , in the U.K. – given away for free by newspapers (!) The Daily Mirror and The Daily Record.
I had read two blog posts about the new record, and how it really was a throwback to his 80’s sound.
So I went on a search for tracks that we could listen to. And I found them. The whole album – on demand, online. Not sure how long it will be available, so take a listen while you can. There are no current plans for a US release.
Here’s what Prince has done: He has taken the drum sample/hand clap that was the hallmark of his early and mid-career songs, from “Controversy” all the way through “Raspberry Beret”, and used them on the new record. Sneaky simple. Follow the link and listen; could have been recorded 25 years ago. It is pop Prince all over again, with an 80’s flashback-inducing sound.