File - Prince’s two new albums are his first in four years.
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As the funky bass quiets down near the start of one of Prince's two new albums, a soothing female voice informs that medication has put him in "suspended animation" for 45 years.The themes of science fiction and timelessness – and plenty of sex – run throughout the album "Art Official Age" as Prince, still prolific and genre-merging four decades into his career, brings in funk, rock and soul.Prince's 33rd and 34th albums – Prince's first since "20Ten" was distributed four years ago for free in European newspapers – mark his return to Warner Brothers Records after one of the music industry's most famous label disputes.When Prince fell out with Warner Brothers nearly 20 years ago, the singer – born as Prince Rogers Nelson – said that the label had taken over his name, and so changed it to the unpronounceable "love symbol".
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