Prince - HITnRUN Phase Two

by paul_guyet Rating:8 Release Date:2015-12-11

On December 11, Prince surprised everyone* by transforming into a huge, purple clitoris and returning to his home dimension, SexyCum.

Not really.

He did, however, release a follow up to September's HITnRUN Phase One by releasing... yes, HITnRUN Phase Two, at first, exclusively on Tidal, the streaming music service for the uninformed, idiot rich**. While Phase One was an odd duck, sort of an addendum/coda/accompaniment to 2014's Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with styles ranging from funk to rap to shitty bubblegum pop to the filthiest electronic grind you've ever heard from this little fellow, Phase Two is a lot more identifiable.

Although half the tracks have appeared in some form or another over the years (one, a discarded demo from 1982), it stands on its own as straight-up, summery, 70s funk. Everything's laid back, even his requests for sex: "If ever you need someone to take a shower with, call me up, please." Gone are the days of Prince spilling semen onto wedding dresses.

Highlights from Phase Two include 'Stare', which is rife with the man's weird, truculent sensuality and the best kind of funky; 'Xtralovable', which features horns that demand the listener rise and dance; sassy little rocker 'Screwdriver', and the bright, hopeful feel of 'Black Muse'. One warning: the lite-jazz sheen of 'Revelation' is a bit much, but that might just be me. I fucking hate lite-jazz.

HITnRUN Phase Two is a joyous celebration of light, life, and love, so lacking in pretension or artifice and seemingly unaware of what's going on in the world right now (except for the slightly wide-eyed yet completely sincere and heartfelt protest song, 'Baltimore'), that it could have been written in the 70s, a decades-old trunk album that Prince was just sitting on, waiting for the right moment to release, and it's worth a spin.

* Everyone still paying attention to Prince, anyway.

** IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOUR MUSIC IS FILTERED THROUGH DARK MATTER-COATED DIAMONDS IF YOU'RE USING SHITTY IPHONE EAR BUDS.

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