MPLSound

  • Record Label: NPG
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2009
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    If after swallowing that Elixer, you still have the stamina for more, you will be amply rewarded by Minneapolis Sound, or as Prince spells it, MPLSoUND.
  2. Mplsound is sometimes stronger still [than "Lotusflow3r"], with the party whoop of '(There'll Never B) Another Like Me,' the delicious dirty mind of 'Chocolate Box' and 'Ol' Skool Company,' which will have you partying like its 1985.
  3. MPLSound appeals to nostalgia both implicitly (a reminder of the reasons for our adoration) and explicitly (the album sounds good because it sounds like Sign O’ The Times).
  4. MPLSound, the funkiest of the three discs--transcends its own hectoring. The put-downs aren’t half as good as the come-ons.
  5. Five of MPLSoUND's nine songs sound like lost B sides from assorted classic Prince albums (Dirty Mind, 1999, Controversy, etc.); these days, even a really good Prince song usually reminds the listener of a better, earlier one. What really hamstrings the album, though, is a four-song sequence in the middle.
  6. MPLSound might be the most pristine for what it ultimately lacks: the sense of real, lusty sin.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MarkL
    Mar 31, 2009
    8
    Best thing he's done in years. Leave it to Prince to promote the wrong disc as the main album of the three included. Lotusflower Best thing he's done in years. Leave it to Prince to promote the wrong disc as the main album of the three included. Lotusflower isn't bad, but MPLSound has got some real gems on it and is the real winner here. Full Review »