Spin reports that the artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince is set to release three new records in ’09 through a major retailer; the first, MPLSOUND, is an “electro-flavored solo effort” with experimental pop songs and a guest spot by Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip (whose new album, The Renaissance, is pretty sweet and worth checking out). The second disc will be called Elixir, a collaboration with Bria Valente (who?). The third, tentatively named Lotus Flower, will presumably be another solo record, albeit one described as having “heavy guitars.”
Prince debuted some of these songs on Indie 103.1 a couple weeks ago; I heard them at the time and thought they were decent, if nothing particularly memorable. He’s done a cover of “Crimson & Clover” that’s kind of trippy and shoegazey. The others didn’t leave as much of an impression. There’s no denying that, in all likelihood, no future work of his will ever quite live up to his Purple Rains or Dirty Minds, but I dug a couple tunes on the last album (“Guitar” wasn’t too bad). He’s always, at the least, making some interesting noise, and as far as I see it, there’s no such thing as too much Prince.
Anyway, what do you think? Will Prince’s prolific output be a blessing or a curse to the music world?