Prince – The Rainbow Children

Belated UK release for the little guy's jazz-gospel extravaganza

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Somewhere between his name changing and his war with his corporate paymasters, Prince/Squiggle gave up trying to convert the masses. The latest head-in-the-clouds/funk-in-your-face manifesto shows the upside and downside of his preaching to the converted. There’s puffed-up prosaic tripe (“The Sensual Everafter”) but the ornate weirdness of “Wedding Feast” and the primetime pomp of “Last December” couldn’t have come from anyone else.

A reminder that you can never write the wacky little guy off?though he could certainly benefit from a little outside guidance.

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