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July 19, 2010

Prince 20Ten Review

I have been a Prince fan for over 25 years, because he is simply a musical genius. He has always gone his own way, and his music has been a source of inspiration and admiration for me, as well as countless others. He's done the potty mouth thing, he's done rock, soul, pop, jazz, blues, you name it, and guess what? He plays a mean guitar.

The one show that made the biggest impression on me in my life so far was seeing Prince in 2001. It was simply, incredible.

Now, Prince hasn't had many hits in recent times. I am not sure why, because he has continued to write a lot of good songs. Same with the brand new album 20Ten.

The album 20Ten is very interesting. In many ways, this album can be viewed as a return to his 80's sound. The old drum sounds and cool synth sounds from a previous era are back. I love it! The album sounds like it could have been recorded 30 years ago.

What about the songs? They are good. There are lots of good pop tunes, and the ballads are okay - not his best but still good. There's some good funk tunes too, but I would have liked more of them. The last tune Laydown is a real killer tune that should have come earlier in the sequence.

Top songs are in my opinion Compassion, Laydown, Beginning Endlessly and Lavaux. The tune Everybody Loves Me might appeal to teenagers, as it is certainly catchy. The rest of the songs are decent but they don't stand out that much.

I give the album a 7 out of 10. If you like Prince, give it a chance. The more times I listen to it, the better it gets. At 52 years old, Prince is still going very strong.

Gotta love that old school pop sound!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com


Posted by Robert Renman on July 19, 2010

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