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One of two new Prince albums for 2014
Prince revitalized — "...his most energetic, focused and engaged effort in years." — PopMatters
"Hardcore Prince guitar-freaks--those who yearn for an entire album of six-string slash-and-burn in the mold of Jimi Hendrix, Ernie Isley, Eddie Hazel and Prince himself on "Purple Rain" and "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man"--will find much to love on PlectrumElectrum." — Chicago Tribune, Sept. 29, 2014
PlectrumElectrum is one of two albums from Prince released on the same day — this one with his long-gestating female band 3rdEyeGirl, and Art Official Age, a solo effort.
All of this is solid news for The Purple One; indeed throughout his five-decade musical career he's emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock 'n' roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk and rock. The result has been 10 platinum albums and 30 Top 40 singles. With each album he's released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures and genres.
PlectrumElectrum is a classic band record, with 3rdEyeGirl which include Prince, Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass). Recorded live and in analog the album is an electrifying funk-rock statement. Many of the tracks from PlectrumElectrum were performed live on the "Hit & Run" tours of the U.K. earlier this year — incendiary performances in a series of historic venues — which led The Guardian to declare "These are performances by one of the greatest funk-rock bands ever."
Time points out the Prince renaissance; ever since The Purple One started using Twitter via the account of his current all-female backing trio, 3rdEyeGirl, last August, he's been writing, performing and operating as a public figure with renewed vitality: Guest spots for other artists such as Janelle Monaé, a hilarious appearance on TV's "New Girl" — "The final piece is new music, and he's finally delivered with two new full-lengths dropping in tandem: there's Art Official Age, a solo record, and PlectrumElectrum, released as Prince & 3rdEyeGirl.
"In keeping with his larger resurgence, some of the best music Prince has recorded in years is spread across the two records. Even the failures contained within are interesting, which is more than one can say about Planet Earth or 20Ten." PlectrumElectrum's genre is "brash, swaggering bluesy rock, a good choice when it comes to showcasing 3rdEyeGirl's technical skills; the instrumental title track is a solid example, stufffed with chunky, bold riffs and expertly played rhythms. ... Prince is a tough act to match when it comes to vocal agility and charisma, even in his mid-50s, and indeed the album's best songs feature him playing an able duet partner and lending a touch of sensuality to the proceedings." — Time, Sept. 30, 2014