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Prince 'Something In The Water' Live in Manchester, Video Review

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Prince, the artist formerly known as squiggle line heart dash whatever is back in an odd way.  Pulling off some odd freebie UK shows the purple one is showing that age 55  he still got it.

In this video he has never been more Jimi Hendrix inspired–right down to the almost Richard Simmons ‘fro.  This is no way deflects from the magic of this guy.  At 5’ 2”, he is larger than life and with a thumping predictable thrust beat.. he’s still a dirty boy with a bad attitude.

That whole crowd interaction seems so very dated doesn’t it?  With the backing music it screams early 80s.  Again this is not a bad thing but rather a rocket ship trip back in to a time when a performer really performed with predictability.  Prince is black.  There I said it, and he carries his rock and roll with deep roots very woven into r&b so when he busts his guitar like a glam God it offers up just a smidgen more than your average axeman.  Its deeper, its funkier its more dangerous.

What can I do without? His ‘yeyah’ interjections, too rap for this type of tune what can I do more with?  More vocal would be nice. I really love Princes voice, its just a tad too high, so its unnerving.  The lilt in his accent is clear too- its pleasant and this Manchester Academy offering is more pluck than pitch and well that’s disappointing.

Then again I do believe this was caught at set end so I wont give it too much of a hard time.  I love Prince.  I havent seen him live in years and everytime I see footage (especially really good footage such as this) I want to go see him right away.    But seriously that hair.. no..

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