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Prince & The New Power Generation

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  • This 1992 follow-up to “Diamonds And Pearls”, has a great blend of soul, hip-hop, rock, and jazz. “The Love Symbol Album AKA Prince & The New Power Generation” is a diverse and pleasing rock opera album. On this album, Prince experiments with hip-hop and the New Jack sound, he continues to push the boundaries of his band, The New Power Generation. The opening, “My Name Is Pance” is a funky, hip-hop banger with him flirting with rap. “Sexy MF” is a funk-rap, James Brown-type classic. Here, Prince pulls off the whole rap thing by rapping in his deepest voice. “Love 2 the 9’s” has him dealing with jazz and blending it with hip-hop. The song also has Prince flexing the newest band addition, the NPG Hornz. The horns are laced all throughout the song. “The Morning Papers” is a mellow, but clam tune with smoothed-out instrumentation. “The Max” is a dance track that I consider a small filler song. It’s really an annoying track. “Blue Light” is a reggae-drenched ballad with beautiful harmonies and instrumentation. It has a sexy saxophone and bluesy guitar being played throughout the song. “I Wanna Melt With U” is an odd filler track that has a weird, but upbeat off-key sound. Prince is rapping about sex. “Sweet Baby” is a beautiful, mellow ballad. It’s soft and very relaxing. “The Continental” is a funky, yet strange hip-hop tune. Carmen Electra is featured as a rap guest. “Damn U” is a smooth soul/blues tune that is beautiful, but somewhat spotty. “Arrogance” is a short, up-tempo tune that has Prince playing off-key rhythms. I consider it a interlude. “The Flow” is a failed attempt for Prince to rap. It’s not the best one on here, but it’s far from being the worst. “7″ is probably the best song on this album. It’s a song that has a lot of personal and spiritual meaning in it. “7″ has a great blend of instrumentation being played– acoustic guitars, drums, bass, and exotic Indian instruments. Prince’s vocals are really astonishing. The most amazing thing about this song is that it has a biblical concept in the song. The song, itself, is a powerful classic. “And God Created Woman” is a smooth jazz/soul cut that has a haunting melody in it. Believe it or not, this song is a tribute to the opposite sex. “3 Chains O’ Gold” is a strange, rock opera-type song that really sounds like Queen’s “Bohemian Rapsody”. The song has a breathtaking, electric guitar-fused jam at the end of song. The thing I like about it is that the song has the tone of a opera atmosphere. “The Sacrifice Of Victor” is a upbeat, New Jack-type jam with nice rapping, but in some parts, it is ultimately flawed. It’s a great album finale. “The Love Symbol Album” is the one that had Prince hit the pinnacle of his egotistical career. It was the first album that Prince used to represent his new name- The Artist (O+>). I was surprised that it only went platinum one time. This album also displays the talents of the group- the New Power Generation, performing together as a band. The 1991 album, “Diamonds And Pearls” sounded like a solo Prince album, if you ask me. The songs on this creative album are great, some are really subdued. The Kirstie Alley interview-like interludes are really annoying. To me, this is Prince’s blackest record since probably Sign ‘O’ The Times-his best album. Overall, this is a funky, 75-minute classic that only Prince could do. It’s his finest album of the 90’s era. A-

    Posted on December 15, 2009