Review - Rave un2 the Joy Fantastic

Artist: The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

comment
Rave un2 the Joy Fantastic
Label: NPG-Arista
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Rave un2 the Joy Fantastic

"Relaxing" really isn't the proper word, but it'll do to describe the latest release by the former Prince Rogers Nelson. What puts "Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic" somewhere in the neighborhood of relaxing is the fact that it's a Prince record -- in 1999 -- that demands as much intelligence, open-mindedness and playfulness from its audience as anything he might have done 20 years ago. But the music itself is not soothing. Though never unruly, the album pushes and shoves its way through the funk, from stripped-down drum machines to Prince's pungently funky, post-Hendrix guitar growling. As for overall expectations, Prince has once again failed to lower his.

Anachronistic as it may seem, Prince remains a musical auteur, an artist, preacher, pimp, producer, hype man and romantic who doesn't care about clichés like keeping it real, doing it for the community or trying to please fools who only take what's on offer.

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.