Welcome 2 America: The Return of Prince | Showcase


Contrary to the allure of finding supposed ancient labyrinths under the shifting Egyptian sands, pop musician Prince’s famous audio vault is real and has brought audiences the new album, “Welcome 2 America”.

Originally slated for release in 2011, but shelved for unknown reasons, the 12-track collection of fully completed songs is Purple One’s third posthumous release since his death in 2016.

Acting as archival curator, Troy Carter (former Lady Gaga director and former Spotify executive) oversaw the transfer of the majority of the contents of the Paisley Park vault to Iron Mountain, a temperature-controlled storage facility in Los Angeles. Carter also created a team of archivists to sift through the vault, so future versions of Prince are sanctioned by this group.

Known for being prolific and having an incredibly meticulous level for his own releases, it’s no surprise that some of the songs here, even when Prince is channeling ’70s political funk, are essential to his legendary discography and further strengthen his legacy in as a hit. -maker.

With backing vocals from members of The New Power Generation – his backing band from 1990 to 2013 – and starring Tal Wilkenfeld on bass, Chris Coleman on drums and Morris Hayes on keyboards, the first half of the LP features the icon. working up to its groovy potential.

On the funky opening title song, a dragging beat that emits a heavenly glow, courtesy of otherworldly synths, is the main structure. His voice slips coldly, meditating on topics that are important to him at this point in his life: Technology and humanity, “Distracted by the features of the iPhone (You have an app for every situation). In other words, taken by a pretty face. Policy, “The sales tax for the following items will be increased immediately, cigarettes.” We will not increase your taxes, read our lips. Finally, the culture of war “I went to war for this country, I came home and you got rid of me. When you’re all free to say you don’t want to be here, well, you probably couldn’t breathe here if I didn’t load some magazines here.

In “Running Game (Son of a Slave Master)”, a song deployed with a Hip-Hop tempo, he sings, “21st Century, it’s still about greed and fame” and riffs about the injustice of the industry. music and Black on Black crime. His sermon is aided by clear guitar phrases and more synth work.

Elevating the urge to dance even more than its predecessor, “Born 2 Die” is another lesson from irresistible Funk. Prince’s tight drums, booming bass, and sultry falsetto voice are all peppered with strings and strings. Her female backing vocals are so unmistakably moving that this cut sounds like a long lost Motown gem.

Reminiscent of the escape-purple pink hue of “Paisley Park” (1985), “1000 Years Light From Here” is more cynical though with a bright facade. Prince shows how far humanity collectively is from the spiritual promised land, “You may be dreaming of a new world order, but it is only a nightmare if we still have borders.”

Rock riffs, claps and bouncy keys elevate “Hot Summer”, a less thematically heavy track that exists only for your Rock n ‘Roll enjoyment.

Later, songs like “Stand Up And B Strong”, a cover of the song Soul Asylum and 1010 (Rin Tin Tin) miss the mark, reminding you that not everything he did was worthy of a hit or a rough diamond.

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