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..basically, this is the best [a]Prince[/a] album since [B]'Sign O' The Times[/B]'...
Like Les Rythmes Digitales, New Jersey soul-house warbler/ beat-teaser Romanthony reaches back to the '80s and exhumes a lot of sonic souffle and Casio-encrusted electro cheese and unashamedly stirs it into a blatantly melodic mixture of once-trendy Chic burbles and so-commercial-it's-almost-punk drum grooves. Unlike Jacques Lu Cont, however, and much more like the purple poseur whose influence seeps through most of this camp classic, Anthony Moore does all this with an untouchable belief and a classy sensuality which precludes any track-covering irony.
So, basically, this is the best Prince album since 'Sign O' The Times'. Actually, Prince has never made an album like this, even 'Faraway' (which is so Paisley Park it's almost pastiche) has breaks that Prince would never program. Even the worst tracks, like the clanging 'Countdown 2000' and the sub-D'Angelo bluster of '? $ Luv', are so sincere, so fragrant, so far from everything that makes Brit-house so fake-tanned and grim, that you can't help but love it. What have the Romans ever done for us? Your answer's right here.
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