After the lavish Lotusflower/MPLSound set, Prince keeps it simple on 20Ten, released co-incidentally in 2010!
The fact that this is a simpler, less bloated effort than it’s predecessor strangely also makes it more satisfying, as if (when he doesn’t try too hard, he can churn out good music – see my review for Chaos and Disorder as another example of this). Like Planet Earth, I received this album free with my Daily Mail newspaper (in London). At the time it was available for sale or downloadable on the charts, so it could never chart.
Possibly one of the “safest” Prince albums made, not really saying much but at the same time, it’s pretty funky.
The first two songs, “Compassion” and “Beginning Endlessly” are a hark back to the past, with Linn drums and analogue synths, pretty tight and catchy songs to begin the album.
Future Soul Song is a funky, tight ballad reminisce of “Future Baby Mama”! “Sticky Like Glue” is a downbeat funk song, and “Act of God” is another Prince statement about the problems of the world.
Next up is “Lavaux”, one of Prince’s catchiest numbers to date, and VERY reminiscent of his 80’s output.
However, the best songs are near the end, and are not funk classics.
“Walk in the sand” sounds like a man at peace with himself, about as mellow as it gets, but also a very nice sweeping tune. Even better is the “Sea of everything” a beautiful love song, and as good a song penned by Prince in the last 10 years.
The disappointing ending of “Everybody loves me” seems par for the course for Prince, make a lot of good songs and end the album with trash. However, the “secret” song at the end, “Laydown” is nice funky bonus.
Really, the album is nothing special, but its probably better than a lot of the stuff he made the 5-10 years before that, and definitely a LOT better than his NPG Music website output. So you could say, in a way, that Prince is improving over time.. There is evidence of this on the next musical release (over 4 years later – in Art Official Age). But it’s a big break for an artist who was releasing at least 1 record a year and sometimes 2 or 3 a year.
|3.||“Future Soul Song”||5:08|
|4.||“Sticky Like Glue”||4:46|
|5.||“Act of God”||3:13|
|7.||“Walk in Sand”||3:29|
|8.||“Sea of Everything”||3:49|
|9.||“Everybody Loves Me”||4:08|
|10.||“Laydown” (hidden track on track #77; following tracks #10 to #76, each containing 5 or 6 seconds of silence )||3:07|