My apologies again for not having this post last friDay while it was still relevant. But here it is! This is actually like Part II to a couple weeks ago when iPicked Prince’s LOtUSFLOW3R. And let me put it this way… if that album represented Prince’s day, MPLSoUND represents his night.
And I mean that in a good way. I will also explain how I came to this conclusion. A good number of the songs on this album seem to be about dancing at night, or just going out in general. Especially in the first song. I won’t go into detail, you just have to hear it. And I recommend it, it’s a good one. “(There’ll Never B) Another Like Me.” But I’m saving the songs I really like for last to talk about.
This sound, which apparently is the Minneapolis sound (hence the name of the album, if you didn’t catch it) is a funky R&B style. It gives me flashbacks of, I don’t know, the Purple Rain soundtrack or just some other run-of-the-mill 90’s R&B music… BUT it’s got a certain flair that sets it apart. Mostly that flair is Prince doing his musical genius thing that I respect so much. I can’t help but excuse him for being as strange as people make him out to be. Anyway, the sound definitely differs from LOtUSFLOW3R, and that’s not a bad thing. However, it took me a little while to start listening to it, and then to start liking it.
I can wait no longer. There are some good songs on here but I have a favorite that I know iSaac has played over 50 times by now. Although for the past week we took a break to make room for a new artist… (new to me and iSaac, but more on that next week.)
I have a love/hate relationship with the song “Chocolate Box” which is odd, a little catchy, but I’ll admit I do skip it 50% of the time. The first few songs are “rump shakers” designed to make you dance and have a good time. He slows it down, which again, Prince is very good at doing love songs. These aren’t necessarily sexual either, just romantic. I believe Prince is still doing his clean image, so it’s safe for the kiddies… which I imagine would groan regardless. Then there’s “Valentina” which I hear is dedicated to Salma Hayek’s daughter… yet he seems to talk about Hayek a lot. I don’t blame him. She’s hot. He goes back into a slow song before bringing the uptempo back to talk to the people about music and the music industry.
I loved the song “No More Candy 4 U” because of the title, then the chorus, then the message, then just the song itself. I also like it because my best friend loves candy, and I’m hoping the message gets through… I jest. Another song I love is called “Here.” A great slow jam that too me a little while to figure out, but I couldn’t stop playing it once it got it’s hooks in me. What confused me about this song is he is telling this girl that he doesn’t want her “here” and the reason why is because he loves her so much that he’ll cry. Eventually, by the end of the song, he pleads that he wants her “here” and I dunno, the song is just awesome. The man is a great poet, and I’ve said this before with “4ever.” he even does a little “breakdown” moment where he speaks, like the old school love songs used to. Last and probably the most favorite is a song called “Dance 4 Me.” I’ll admit, this is another weird one that I didn’t like at first, but now I can’t stop listening to it. In fact, I want to write a song like it. I can see where Andre 3000 gets his inspiration from. Anyway, this song deserves it’s own friPod. Simple yet cool lyrics, great beat, I love the instruments… I can see Morris Day and The Time dancing in the background to this song. Unfortunately, I can’t locate this song online, so you’ll have to take my word for it. (Or just buy it.)