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Prince, 'Plectrumelectrum,' (Spring TBD)
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Prince, 'Plectrumelectrum,' (Spring TBD)

"No one can play like this band," says Prince. "People are going to try, but they won't be able to." The band in question is 3rd Eye Girl, a chops-heavy, all-female hard-rock trio who've been holed up with Prince at Paisley Park, recording one of his rawest, heaviest albums. "All played live, no punch-ins," Prince says. "You do it till you get the take you like." It's a true collaboration, with the band writing songs and Bonham-esque drummer Hannah "Ford" Welton offering delicate vocals that Prince compares to Wendy and Lisa's. Styles range from fusion-y funk rock to the ballad "Whitecaps," a reminder of how Prince-ly TLC's "Waterfalls" was.

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