It’s been less than a year since Prince released a new album. Actually two: Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum, with his latest band 3rdEyeGirl were his first releases after a four-year hiatus from recording. While four years doesn’t seem all that long, Prince had, up until that point, released an album roughly every year since 1978. Well, it turns out the wait for the next album from His Royal Badness won’t be that long. 3rdEyeGirl have revealed in an interview with BBC that a new Prince album is on the way for later this year, and it’s called The Hit & Run Album.
The term “Hit and Run” has a special significance for Prince fans, as he has embarked on so-called “Hit and Run” shows for years, where he will announce a concert and venue the day of the show, leaving fans in a mad scramble for tickets (and often a mad scramble to find a babysitter or someone to cover a work shift at the last minute.) Here’s what’s members of 3rdEyeGirl had to say about the new album:
“Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he’s ever recorded–we refer to them as ‘The Purple Collective’ or ‘The Purple Army’ – this album is absolutely for them, because it’s super funky. It’s weird, there’s a lot of experimental sound. It’s just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound.”
Girls, you had me at “super funky.” Although it’s been a long, long time since Prince has put out a perfect album (I’d go as as far as to say since 1995’s The Gold Experience), every new Prince album has at least one or two great tracks on it. The amazing track “HARDROCKLOVER“, which Prince released on Soundcloud last month, will be on the new album, as well as the unreleased song “1,000 Hugs and Kisses”, and a new version of “This Could Be Us”, originally from last year’s Art Official Age. Now if only we could get a proper concert tour out of this album, like the epic 2011 Welcome 2 America tour, all will be right with the world.