The MPR DJs had a different perspective, with Jill Rielly saying "When I heard "Cause and Effect" for the first time, the term "rock anthem" instantly came to mind. The new song will delight your senses and melt your face." and Steve Seel chimed in, "The tune is like a little mini-symphony of Prince-ness. It's got a few different sections, some that have that classic funky, sexy, sinewy Prince and some with his more rockish tendencies ... come to think of it, that makes it all classic Prince. Except the rock-y parts might be the hardest he's ever rocked, which is pretty notable in and of itself."
Is this a classic case of purple ass-kissery? Honestly, we'd probably kiss Prince's ass too if he was showing up to our parties and giving us exclusives. Personally, we don't think the song is all bad...some cheesy parts to be sure (crowd cheering interludes for one), but hey, it's PRINCE. He's earned the right to throw crowd cheering into his tracks.
If we were Prince's publicist, however, we'd suggest a couple things.
1. Stop taking yourself so seriously.
2. find some people who will tell you the truth when you're in the production process.
3. Channel '80s Prince.
4. Write a rock opera (while channeling '80s Prince) and debut it at 1st Avenue.
5. Hire us as your publicist.
What do U think of the new Prince track?
We want Prince to paint us a picture, naked, with extra fog.
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