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PRINCE MUSICOLOGY/3121/ PLANET EARTH

MANY THOUGHT PRINCE HAD LOST HIS MAGIC TOUCH IN THE EARLY 2000S. BUT A REBIRTH WAS JUST AROUND THE CORNER…

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By 2004, Prince looked to be a spent force.

He had largely frittered away the near-decade since his escape from Warner Bros on wilfully self-indulgent, whimsical releases.

His last record, the previous year’s N.E.W.S, had comprised four 14-minute instrumental tracks, and was his third album in a row not to chart.

Self-chosen or not, he was always going to tire of such obscurity, and just as expectations were at rockbottom he decided to mount a full-on commercial comeback.

These three 2004-07 albums reignited his dormant career: reissued on CD, they are also now released for the first time on vinyl.

His fresh intent and focus was clear from the first yowl of the opening track to Musicology.

Where recent albums had yawned and sprawled, now the funk was once again taut, resolute, and making promises its beats could keep: “We got a PhD in advanced body-moving!” It was no Sign O’ The Times-style stone-cold classic, but he was palpably back in the game: the sly, knowing Cinnamon Girl was his lushest slice of psychedelic sex-pop since The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, a full decade earlier.

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Issue 49 is on sale now! For our first issue of 2019 we put our head in the lion’s mouth to count down the Top 40 most important pop artists of the 80s. Will your favourite come away with the spoils? As ever, this issue is packed with great interviews including a very rare chat with Prefab Sprout’s Paddy McAloon and we catch up with Joe Jackson as he celebrates 40 years in music with a new album and tour. We meet Dido who is returning to the pop fray and we also feature must-read interviews with Tracey Thorn, Tanita Tikaram and Ladytron. Depeche Mode’s troubled masterpiece Songs Of Faith And Devotion is our classic album and we also serve up a buyer’s guide to punk-pop pioneers Squeeze. As well as our essential round-up of what to look forward to in the pop world in 2019, we take one last look back at 2018 with our second Classic Pop Reader Awards. Our packed reviews section features the remarkable comeback by The Specials alongside new albums by Ian Brown, The Beat featuring Ranking Roger, White Lies and UB40 plus a reissues section that includes Prince and David Sylvian on vinyl, a comprehensive Paul Young singles boxset, Buzzcocks, Bananarama and much more. On the live front, we review gigs by Adam Ant, All Saints, Lily Allen and more.