LotusFlow3r - Prince
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  • Summary: After releasing Planet Earth for free in the United Kingdom, the singer-songwriter's three albums (one by new artist Bria Valente) are packaged together as a Target store exclusive in the United States.
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  1. 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.
  2. '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.
  3. LotusFlow3r is the work of a musician who's still curious after all these years.
  4. 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.
  5. Prince’s guitar works overtime on Lotusflow3r, often patching over some unfinished ideas.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. DavidS
    Apr 1, 2009
    "LotusFlow3r" is an instant classic. Prince's best and most enthralling album since "Sign O' The Times."
  2. CosmicDay
    Mar 31, 2009
    Lotusflow3r (10/10) Lotusflow3r is a completely SICK album. Why? Because it shows Prince the complete musician and what a joy it is to listen to a complete artist. MPLSound is a good album and one that I enjoy, but it only shows one side of his musical genius and is a nostalgic throwback to his early "sound" when he was just becoming the musician he is today. Lotusflow3r details Prince the complete musician. There's isn't one weak song on this album. 4ever, my least favorite, suffers from weak lyrics but is a joy to listen to. As a whole, these twelve songs span rock (Boom, Wall of Berlin, Dreamer), 60's style jazz (Love Like Jazz), Pet Sounds style instrumentals (77 Beverly Park), straight up Prince funk (Feel Better, $) and there's even a cover song (and a great one at that, Crimson And Clover) for good measure. At first I wanted the entire album to be Prince's "rock" statement and was disappointed that it went in a different, more complete direction. But now I see it for what it is... a diverse masterpiece of music from the master. Prince isn't afraid to hit you in the face with some stunning rock guitar and then fake you out with a song that turns into a beautiful instrumental that older, more refined listeners will love. He can funk it up, but he can also sound like Hendrix while spreading a message without being too preachy. I didn't think Prince could top the musicianship of The Rainbow Children, but he's done it with a more diverse masterpiece. Lotusflow3r is an album for real music lovers who can appreciate a complete work of art. Expand
  3. PamJ
    Apr 3, 2009
    Best Prince album ever. Grammy.
  4. EmilieS
    Apr 2, 2009
    Lotusflower is Prince's most solid and consistent complete work since 1995's 'The Gold Experience'. This set is free from the stubborn rigidity present in much of the man's recent work (see 3121). While the critics may not receive this album as intended, the die-hard fans who are familiar with Prince's extensive body of work have been craving an organic yet sleek, guitar-driven record for decades. Fortunately, Lotusflower delivers on all fronts! Recommended Tracks: Boom Crimson and Clover Dreamer $ Colonized Mind. Expand
  5. RichardC.
    Apr 3, 2009
    David S --I agree 100%!!!! I have not stopped listening to LotusFlow3r since it came out!
  6. pfanukjw
    Apr 3, 2009
    Lotusflow3r is spectacular concepualisation. xperimental, diverse musical styles whilst managing to be cohesive. Guitar work is fantastic, as is all instrumentation. If, like me you hoped for as less over - produced sound you wont be disappointed! The way all tracks blend together wotks well here. Mnplsound - wow..some Prince magic here - ol skool, fun, eclectic. Prince back to the sound he emerged from. Elixer - as protoges go Bria maybe takes 2nd place to Jill Jones. But average singing aside, no mistaking Prince is all over this, the writing/ producing/ playing and even vocals. If you like chilled out- which you n=might after the last 2 offerings - then this is cool. Not sensational but good nonetheless. And, yes, itwould appear that the title track is a play on words...dirty Prince is back! This 3 set is gonna become a prince classic i reckon. Expand
  7. BrandonS
    Apr 1, 2009
    LotusFlow3r is the best disc of the three and definitely my favorite of Prince's modern era. My face is melting from all those amazing solos! The MPLSound is cool, too, with an 80s-era Prince vibe. I haven't even listed to the disc from his protege yet. Too bad that third disc isn't more pure Prince. Expand

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