Musicology – Prince’s return to the fold
Prince University opens its doors – the tour has begun – and school’s in. Musicology offers 12 reasons why the bosses at Sony can be very thankful they signed the most dynamic artist alive today as Musicology marks Prince’s comeback to musical relevance and ‘commercialology’. We all knew Prince had a commercial album left in him and now he has proved, if anything to himself, that commerciality and art can not only live together but work together so well. Intended to accompany the tour, the album Musicology makes a truly engaging listen and you even would not mind others catching you listening too it! All new recordings, Musicology is a brilliant combination of Prince of the past, future and now. Prince’s head is on the ground here, there are no self indulging solos, just an accessible and well crafted album, very rare in the musical we hear in the charts today. Musicology underlines Prince’s genius, in a time frame of three years his incredibly diverse and evolving output, from the masterful The Rainbow Children, to the forgettable Xpectation, and self indulgent N.E.W.S. and now Musicology leaves no one any doubt Prince is the master of his craft and continues to make so many ‘artists’ sound silent. The One Nite Alone Tour has increased Prince’s confidence immeasurably and its evident in Musicology. Is it a classic Prince album post Warner Brothers? I want to be careful in saying it but I do really believe it is, some may say there is not much to choose from, but look at The Gold Experience. Has Prince made that elusive comeback? In truth he was never away and thank god for that, but I do want you to think of this, after 25 years he is still selling out 20,000 seaters. If its an ‘ology’ about anything, its about the ride of being a Prince fan, so if your a new Prince fan, slap yourself for waiting so long, and I’ll see you at the concert. Prince has surprised the critics and fans once again.
Did Prince just make his mainstream comeback?
23 April 2004