Prince: Emancipation (1996)

prince emancipationBy Scott Goldfine

A kinder, gentler Prince (now called the Artist) takes center stage on the funk-rocker’s mammoth three-CD set “Emancipation.” Now a husband and father, and free of his restrictive 18-year relationship with Warner Bros., the Minneapolis wunderkind merrily struts his one-of-a-kind talent through an epic 36-song journey.

It’s a staggeringly impressive effort, albeit sometimes overly mellow and less edgy than Prince’s very best works. Of particular note is his first inclusion of cover tunes.

GRADE: A-

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