LotusFlow3r - Prince
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. LOtUSFLOW3R only occasionally transcends the same anesthetized gloss that gummed up "3121" and "Planet Earth," both of which feature stronger songs, not that you'd know it beyond all that polish.
  2. LotusFlow3r achieves nothing so much as reliving the glory and joy of emulation, which is saddened by the image of Prince nudging our shoulders, urging us to relive with him.
  3. But when I say "neutral," unfortunately I mean pretty much exactly what you probably think I mean. The only track with an immediately memorable hook is his cover of 'Crimson and Clover.'
  4. LotusFlow3r is constrained by its guitar-heavy concept, offering great moments instead of great whole songs.
  5. The drawback is that when he isn’t playing guitar, the music on this disc is oddly muted.
  6. There's an OK cover of Tommy James and the Shondells' 'Crimson and Clover,' but mostly this album's where Prince has stuck his fill3r.
  7. LOtUSFLOW3R, is less narcoleptic than merely sleepy.
  8. Lotusflow3r has Prince channeling his Hendrix spirit guide on a cover of 'Crimson & Clover' shot through with riffs from 'Wild Thing;' on 'Wall of Berlin' and 'Dreamer,' he squeezes the Jimi out of his guitar until you can almost see the hologram.
  9. 'Love Like Jazz' comes from LotusFlow3r, the set’s strongest disc, and the one that best narrows the distance between Prince’s airtight studio work and his rampaging live shows.
  10. 70
    It’s a solid offering of tightly conceptualized tunes.
  11. The set's signature disc Lotusflow3r, is its most consistently enjoyable, a far-flung cornucopia of electric guitar licks from one of the instrument's sharpest practitioners.
  12. LotusFlow3r is perhaps the most palatable of the three albums, a guitar-driven collection of rockers and slow jams. There's a lot to like here....Still, they can't save the album from its turkeys.
  13. LotusFlow3r is the work of a musician who's still curious after all these years.
  14. Prince’s guitar works overtime on Lotusflow3r, often patching over some unfinished ideas.
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. KaranS
    Apr 16, 2009
    9
    Musically there's not much of a connection between songs although there are some beautiful moments in the album. I truly believe that's what he was going for but vocally he's downgrading from previous albums. All in all this is a great album and there are tons of things to learn if you are an aspiring musician. Full Review »
  2. DanieleB
    Apr 14, 2009
    9
    This is a really good album, the work of a genius. Given how a genius' mind works, it is far from perfect. But that's fine with me. Prince's failed experiments are better than anything else pop "musicians" may ever hope to accomplish. He's the last superstar, the last extraordinary instrumentalist, the last genius composer to devote himself to popular music. We should be grateful, instead of spitting on him as some reviewers do. America is rarely grateful to his giants. Sonny Rollins is living in a stinky two-room apartment, so. Full Review »
  3. PamJ
    Apr 3, 2009
    10
    Best Prince album ever. Grammy.