Double-CD debut from new Prince. Only available at codychesnutt.com
Already eulogised among Rolling Stone’s Best Albums Of 2002, and known for his guest appearance on the Roots’ Phrenology, this is an awesome declaration of intent from Californian singer/songwriter Cody ChesnuTT. Although decidedly lo-fi, this epic, adventurous and mischievous album bears comparison with Prince and Todd Rundgren (at their respective peaks).
Rockers like “Upstarts In A Blowout” achieve what Kravitz and D’Arby have spent years striving for. While there are occasional dubious comments about women (“Bitch, I’m Broke”), these are exquisitely balanced by desolate ballads (“The Make Up”) and psychotic electro (“The World Is Coming To My Party”). Though it may be hard to track down, it’ll be worth it: this is an album of the year.