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  • Summary: The 15-track collection of previously unreleased demos of songs Prince wrote for other artists including "Sex Shooters" for the Apollonia 6, "Manic Monday" for The Bangles, Martika, Kenny Rogers, "The Glamorous Life" for Sheila E., and The Time, as well as "Nothing Compares 2 U," originallyThe 15-track collection of previously unreleased demos of songs Prince wrote for other artists including "Sex Shooters" for the Apollonia 6, "Manic Monday" for The Bangles, Martika, Kenny Rogers, "The Glamorous Life" for Sheila E., and The Time, as well as "Nothing Compares 2 U," originally sung by The Family but made famous by Sinead O'Connor. The album was exclusively released on 7 Jun 2019 on Tidal with a wide release on 21 Jun 2019. Expand
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Nothing Compares 2 U
It's been 7 hours and 13 days Since u took your love away I go out every night and sleep all day Since u took your love away Since you've been gone I... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Prince: Originals is at its best when Prince lets loose and embraces his cheekier side. ... Although the camp synths and indulgent guitar solos present on a lot of these tracks are clear by-products of the decade that gave us cone bras, Super Mario and The Goonies, this music also sounds prescient.
  2. Jun 7, 2019
    95
    It offers a window onto the playfulness of his improvisations and, in a structure that mimics the range of an actual Prince album, shifts nimbly between up-tempo songs and ballads, sweat and tears, near impossible to stay sitting still while listening.
  3. Jun 21, 2019
    90
    That's the trick he managed to successfully pull throughout his career--making music that covered an enormous amount of stylistic range yet still sounded coherent and instantly enjoyable.
  4. Uncut
    Jun 7, 2019
    80
    If you're a Prince bootleg freak you'll know most of it already, but if not it's a great introduction to his writing for outside productions. Often, the real revelation is how closely performers hew to his demos. [Jul 2019, p.48]
  5. Jun 27, 2019
    80
    Creating songs for female artists, he fully (if somewhat licentiously) inhabits their personas, deadpanning about greeting a lover in his camisole over the electro pulse of Apollonia’s Make-Up. The highest compliment that could be paid to Originals is that if Prince had released it in the Eighties, no one would have batted an eyelid.
  6. Mojo
    Jun 25, 2019
    80
    It's a wonderful listen, and the joy in creation that is obvious in these 15 tracks, is nearly enough to wipe out the sadness of his loss. Nearly. [Aug 2019, p.102]
  7. Jul 16, 2019
    55
    For big Prince fans, Originals will be an essential peek into his methods as a musical mentor. For anyone else, it's a curiosity worth checking out but certainly not recommending over any of the dozen-plus better records he released during his lifetime.

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  1. Jun 8, 2019
    10
    Sadly, Prince's departure is brought to mind with this release. The music, however, is amazing. You're My Love is a very special stand out forSadly, Prince's departure is brought to mind with this release. The music, however, is amazing. You're My Love is a very special stand out for me. Prince singing in the lower registry will be new to the casual fan but a welcome treat for all. The feeling he conveys in this song, given to Kenny Rogers who had El De'Barge help out on backing vocals, comes painfully through the speakers.

    Simply put, Prince is a genius. That has not changed.
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  2. Jun 13, 2019
    9
    Terrific work from the Prince Estate to collect and bundle this unique album of material initially meant only to be a guide for others artistsTerrific work from the Prince Estate to collect and bundle this unique album of material initially meant only to be a guide for others artists to follow. These “demos” by Prince are evidently better than most artist’s actual finished product. Lots of gems the general public is very familiar with. “Manic Monday” “The Glamorous Life” and “Jungle Love” for example. “Nothing Compares 2 U” originated the idea for this collection. But some amazing standouts include lesser known diamonds in the rough “Make-Up” “Baby, You’re a Trip” and “100 MPH”. We can only hope that Vol. 2 will see the light of day sooner rather than later. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2019
    8
    I've always thought that Prince's best era is from 1979 to 1992 and with these songs that he gave to other artists, I realize that. If theI've always thought that Prince's best era is from 1979 to 1992 and with these songs that he gave to other artists, I realize that. If the majority were not a hit, those that were, their popular versions are at the height of how I record them Prince. Many were new to me and it shows the genius he was at that time and that the demons in his head were atrophying that genius he had. All are very good except "Holly Rock". "Sex Shooter" is my favorite along with "Manic Monday" and "Jungle Love". I hope they continue to get more songs that I leave in their vault that they did during the 80's. Expand
  4. Aug 15, 2019
    8
    This is an outstanding album that shows how amazing of a writer that Prince truly was. Not only that, you actually get to hear him performThis is an outstanding album that shows how amazing of a writer that Prince truly was. Not only that, you actually get to hear him perform songs that are really good and are enjoyable as well. Overall this album is great. Expand
  5. Jun 13, 2019
    6
    An entertaining but ultimately inessential listen. Feels a bit like reading someone's rough draft without their consent.