Last week Prince has a listening session for his upcoming cd 3121 here in NYC. Fans, journos and papparazzi were all in a frenzy even though they were worned that the purple majesty WOULDN'T speak to a soul. Here is what writer and radio show host Natafa Brown had to say about the music and the madness...
The Prince 3121 listening session held on Wednesday March 1st was anything but the star studded event one would expect. The guest of honor himself didnâ€™t even show. As a consolation we were fed $16 sandwiches, and given press kits in cute vinyl attachÃ© cases, courtesy of The Container store.
The 12 track disc features songs like, â€œTe Amo Corazonâ€ (I love you Sweetheart), evocative of hot nights in Havana and smoky saloons, â€œBeautiful, Loved & Blessedâ€, featuring rising R&B ingÃ©nue Tamar, and Princeâ€™s newly released single, â€œBlack Sweatâ€, which showcases the familiar blatent sexuality weâ€™ve come to expect. Prince uses urban colloquialisms such as â€œWhatâ€™s really goodâ€, and â€œBreak U offâ€, and if that wasnâ€™t enough, his high-heeled-ness even spits a Rap-esque flow on one of the tracks.
The bluesy â€œSatisfiedâ€ is sexy and SOHH soulful with an old school sound, and boasts live instrumentation. The perfect for radio, â€œAll Night Longâ€, with its R&B-Pop feel, falls neatly in with todayâ€™s hook-driven tracks. You wonâ€™t need to know the verse, just hum the hook. We get vintage Prince in tracks like, â€œWhateva U want it 2 Bâ€ and â€œFuryâ€, with intricate guitar soloâ€™s and familiar story telling, displaying the legends true musicianship. Think â€œNikkiâ€ or â€œCreamâ€
Fans, new and old will get just what they want. Even though the Divo wasnâ€™t present, the art still speaks for itself.<