Prince – “Cause And Effect”

Another Purple One premiere for Minnesota Public Radio, which we can ride with. Prince is bolstering his hometown indie’s page view count by giving them his second new track of the past few months (don’t forget the Jehovah’s Witness hymnal masquerading as Vikings fight song “Purple & Gold” … actually, maybe do). It’s a Princely revue that takes surf rock as its base, passing it through some funk and prog-rock filters, but it’s the lyrics stick out. “There’s something on the tip of my tongue, I’ve got a taste for sin.” Old Prince! “I’m made in the image of God.” New Prince! Really it’s reconciling his biographical extremes with this operative line: “If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing but my next of kin / If you stamp your passport full of regret you’ll have nothing to remember but a lot to forget.” He’s a holy roller, but still can count off each position from those one-night stands. Dude’s fascinating. Musically this is not a breakthrough of any sort, but I abide by the self-referential, especially when there’s so many selves for him to reference. There will be no new fans, but listen up if you are into the man:

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