HITnRUN: Phase Two

HITnRUN: Phase Two

by Prince

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Overview

Following quickly on the heels of its companion, HITnRUN: Phase Two is more a complement to than a continuation of its predecessor. Prince ditches any of the lingering modern conveniences of HITnRUN: Phase One -- there's nary a suggestion of electronics and it's also surprisingly bereft of guitar pyrotechnics -- in favor of a streamlined, even subdued, soul album. Despite its stylistic coherence, Prince throws a few curve balls, tossing in a sly wink to "Kiss" on "Stare" and opening the album with "Baltimore," a Black Lives Matter protest anthem where his outrage is palpable even beneath the slow groove. That said, even the hardest-rocking tracks here -- that would be the glammy "Screwdriver," a track that would've been an outright guitar workout if cut with 3rdEyeGirl -- is more about the rhythm than the riff. Compared to the relative restlessness of HITnRUN: Phase One, not to mention the similarly rangy Art Official Age, this single-mindedness is initially overwhelming but like any good groove record, HITnRUN: Phase Two winds up working best over the long haul, providing elegant, supple mood music whose casualness plays in its favor. Prince isn't showing off, he's settling in, and there are considerable charms in hearing a master not trying so hard.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2016
Label: Npg
UPC: 0643485620488
catalogNumber: 002499702
Rank: 35867

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince   Primary Artist
John Blackwell   Drums,Group Member
Andrew Gouche   Bass,Group Member
Justin Stanley   Keyboards,Hand Clapping
Roy Agee   Trombone
Ledisi   Vocals
Liv Warfield   Vocals,Group Member
Marcus Anderson   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Shelby J.   Vocals,Group Member
Phillip Lassiter   Trumpet
Adrian Crutchfield   Flute,Alto Saxophone
BK Jackson   Baritone Saxophone
Andy Allo   Vocals,Group Member
Nick Marchione   Trumpet
Ida Nielsen   Bass,Group Member
Cassandra O'Neal   Keyboards,Group Member
Steve Reid   Trumpet
Keith Anderson   Tenor Saxophone
Eryn Allen Kane   Vocals
Lynn Grissett   Trumpet
Sylvester Onyejaika   Baritone Saxophone
Joey Rayfield   Trombone
Elisa Dease   Vocals,Group Member
Xavier Taplin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Prince   Engineer
Michael Nelson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Justin Stanley   Engineer
Prince & the New Power Generation   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Booker T   Engineer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Marcus Anderson   Horn Arrangements
Phillip Lassiter   Horn Arrangements
Adrian Crutchfield   Horn Arrangements
Chris James   Engineer
Lynn Grissett   Horn Arrangements
Joey Rayfield   Horn Arrangements
Martin Homent   Cover Illustration

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