First Listen: New Prince album "20Ten" an 80's throwback 

OK. Here's the deal. Over the weekend, Prince (the Purple one, from Minneapolis, who we really want to like his music, but he makes it so damn difficult to do) released his new album, 20Ten , in the U.K. - given away for free by newspapers The Daily Mirror and The Daily Record.

I had read two blog posts about the new record, and how it really was a throwback to his 80's sound. Again. So I went on a search for tracks that we could listen to.

And I found them. The whole album - on demand, online. Not sure how long it will be available, so take a listen while you can. There are no current plans for a US release.

Here's what Prince has done: He has taken the drum sample/hand clap that was the hallmark of his early and mid-career songs, from "Controversy" all the way through "Rasberry Beret", and used them on the new record. Sneaky simple. Follow the link and listen; could have been recorded 25 years ago. It is pop Prince all over again, with a flashback-inducing sound.

Listen to Prince - 20Ten

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