#12 Prince “HITnRUN (phase two)” – Top 20 Albums of 2016

Prince’s penultimate album Hit n Run was first made available to the public on September 7, 2015 through the music streaming service Tidal before being released on CD and download a week later on September 14th. Prince’s final album, his 39th in a recording career spanning an unbelievable five decades, was named after and intended as a continuation of his previous record and released on Tidal for streaming and download on December 12, 2015, four months prior to the singer’s tragic and untimely death at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016 at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Before being given it’s proper worldwide CD release on May 6, 2016 by Universal Music Group, Prince confirmed on his Twitter that a physical CD would be released during a weekend of Paisley Park shows starting Thursday, January 21, 2016. The CD was also given away to attendees of the shows on the Australian and New Zealand leg of what ultimately turned out to be Prince’s final tour, the Piano & A Microphone Tour. Both albums find Prince at the very height of his artistic powers, not only in his dual duties as both composer and chief musician but also in his capacity as arranger and producer. Not since the ’80’s have we heard Prince Rogers Nelson sounding so very refreshed, energized and focused, 3rd eye squarely on the prize.

This is Prince operating at his highest level, destined to rank with the best work he’s done since his ’80’s creative pinnacle” – Pop Matters

Prince sings with real spirit, an artist freshly charged up four decades into his career” – Los Angeles Times

Prince’s best record in a decade or two, and certainly the most confident and agreeable confirmation of his qualities for many a year. The heft and balance of the horn arrangements throughout is remarkable, rich and sonorous in a way rarely encountered in these digital days” – The Independent

Prince’s most consistently engaging album in years, blending in echoes of the ghosts of Prince past (à la “Sexy MF” and “Come”) while still sounding refreshingly modern” – Rolling Stone

Undulating, fizzy, and almost light-headed, this is music to induce a euphoria that lifts skirts and spirits” – Paste

Key tracks: 2Y.2D, Look At Me Look At U, Xtralovable, When She Comes



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