12 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prince’s 39th studio album would, unfortunately, turn out to be his last. The circumstances lend HITNRUN Phase Two an air of gravitas—even if it doesn’t have the massive pop appeal of some of his earlier work. “If there ain’t no justice then there ain’t no peace,” he cries on the gently political (and gorgeously melodic) opener “Baltimore,” setting an impassioned tone that gives depth to some of Prince’s warmest songwriting. There’s mischief here, too, especially with the playfully scandalous fun of “Xtralovable.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prince’s 39th studio album would, unfortunately, turn out to be his last. The circumstances lend HITNRUN Phase Two an air of gravitas—even if it doesn’t have the massive pop appeal of some of his earlier work. “If there ain’t no justice then there ain’t no peace,” he cries on the gently political (and gorgeously melodic) opener “Baltimore,” setting an impassioned tone that gives depth to some of Prince’s warmest songwriting. There’s mischief here, too, especially with the playfully scandalous fun of “Xtralovable.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

boombox1980 ,

Great

Phase Two is a great album it's very mellow and laid back cold driving or cleaning music also some classic Prince sounds as well .

Prov. 3:5-6 ,

4ever disappointed these days...

Another "album" of rehashed, forgettable tracks. I've loved Prince for years and years, but it's just been so long since he put out anything that was fresh and high quality from start to finish. The fact that this collection is considered an improvement over Phase One just goes to show you how pitiful that effort was. I used to think that he could jump back to the top of the charts at will but he just didn't want to. After so many sub-par efforts over the years, though, I now think that it's not a matter of will he but can he? I'm convinced there's no better musician and live performer alive today with a total body of work that's unparalleled. I just hate having to keep going back to the old stuff to remember how great he was.

mskurdah ,

Release the vault baby!

It's about time Prince. Some of these songs have been hanging around for years. It is great to finally see an official release. The only problem is that songs like "Extralovable" were best left alone. Prince has a habit of doing this with his older material. Still, it is far better than most of the crap he tried to put out with Phase one. This is the better volume. "Revelation" is the one to beat.

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