Prince's 15 Best Post-Eighties Deep Cuts

Cherry-picking the most underappreciated Prince songs of the Nineties and Oughts

"Somewhere Here On Earth"

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Planet Earth, 2007

While Prince never scans as one for nostalgia, he set the aural mood to this gentle piano ballad by kicking it off with the warm crackle of vinyl. His silky smooth falsetto then shades into Jimmy Scott territory as he laments the digital age and declares his preference for face-to-face intimacy. Pianist Renato Neto provides spare accompaniment on the track, while trumpeter Christian Scott's muted-bell solo is as evocative as cool period Miles Davis. When Prince veers towards jazz, he tends to go for muso fusion, but here, in one of his more satisfying forways into the genre, he keeps things nicely simple and classic.  

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