Hit n Run Phase Two

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Hit n Run Phase Two
HitnRun Phase Two.jpg
Studio album by Prince
Released December 12, 2015
Genre Funk, soul, pop
Length 57:59
Label NPG
Producer
Prince
Prince chronology
Hit n Run Phase One
(2015)Hit n Run Phase One2015
Hit n Run Phase Two
(2015)
4Ever
(2016)4Ever2016
Singles from Hit n Run Phase Two
  1. "RocknRoll Love Affair"
    Released: February 4, 2012
  2. "Screwdriver"
    Released: February 3, 2013
  3. "Xtraloveable"
    Released: June 20, 2013
  4. "Groovy Potential"
    Released: August 14, 2013
  5. "Baltimore"
    Released: May 26, 2015
  6. "Stare"
    Released: December 3, 2015

Hit n Run Phase Two is the thirty-ninth studio album by American recording artist Prince and the last to be released in his lifetime.[1] It was initially released exclusively on the Tidal streaming service on December 12, 2015 for streaming and purchase[2] as a continuation of his previous album, Hit n Run Phase One.[3][4]

Prince confirmed on Twitter that a physical CD would be released during a weekend of Paisley Park shows in January 2016. The CD was given away to attendees of the shows on the Australian and New Zealand leg of the Piano & A Microphone Tour. The album was finally given a worldwide CD release on May 6, 2016 through Universal Music Group.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Consequence of SoundC–[6]
The Independent4/5 stars[7]
musicOMH3/5 stars[8]
NME4/5[9]
The Observer3/5 stars[10]
Paste8.8/10[11]
Pitchfork4.7/10[12]
Q3/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[14]

HITnRUN Phase Two received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 63, based on 13 reviews.[15] Reviewing for Rolling Stone, Kory Grow hailed it as Prince's "most consistently engaging album in years, blending in echoes of the ghosts of Prince past (à la “Sexy MF” and “Come”) while still sounding refreshingly modern."[14] Holly Gleason praised the record's brand of funk in her review for Paste. "Undulating, fizzy, and almost light-headed," Gleason wrote, "this is music to induce a euphoria that lifts skirts and spirits.[11] Matthew Horton, writing for NME, also comments on Prince's return to a familiar sound: stating that HITnRUN Phase Two is "reconnecting him with the funkiest (and occasionally crunkiest) essentials, if not always his superior sense of melody."[9] Andy Gill of The Independent believed it was perhaps Prince's best record in "a decade or two, and certainly the most confident and agreeable confirmation of his qualities for many a year."[7] Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote in AllMusic that Prince abandoned his previous record's contemporary influences, such as electronics or flashy guitar playing, in favor of "a streamlined, even subdued, soul album" and casually "good groove record".[5]

In a less enthusiastic review, John Murphy from musicOMH deemed Phase Two "wildly inconsistent" with some flashes of Prince's brilliance.[8] David Drake from Pitchfork was more critical, writing that the album sounded "underwhelming ... From beginning to end, Prince seems more interested in establishing his proficiency with pop forms, demonstrating his facility with the materials to craft, as it were, a sturdy wooden table. Rather than an artist's interpretation, we get a craftman's tracing."[12] Writing for Consequence of Sound, Geoff Nelson said songs such as "Xtraloveable", "Screwdriver", and "When She Comes" were failed expressions of sexuality and came across as "Prince doing Prince, a cut-rate version of his once iconic fecundity."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 23 on the Top R&B Albums chart on its release,[16] selling 2,000 copies in its first week. It re-entered the chart at No. 13 when Prince died four months later, and peaked at No. 3 on chart dated May 21, 2016.[17] It also peaked at 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart,.[18] and No. 40 on Billboard 200.[19] The album has sold 57,000 copies as of November 2016.[20]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Baltimore"Prince4:34
2."RocknRoll Love Affair"Prince4:02
3."2 Y. 2 D."Prince3:50
4."Look at Me, Look at U"Prince3:27
5."Stare"Prince3:46
6."Xtraloveable"Prince5:01
7."Groovy Potential"Prince6:17
8."When She Comes"Prince3:46
9."Screwdriver"Prince4:15
10."Black Muse"Prince7:22
11."Revelation"Prince5:21
12."Big City"Prince6:25

Notes

  • "Baltimore" was originally released on Prince's SoundCloud account in early May 2015; it was then re-released as an official single with additional horn and orchestra overdubs later in the month, which is presented on this album.
  • "RocknRoll Love Affair", originally called "Rock and Roll Love Affair" was originally released as a single in November 2012. The version presented on this album has added horn overdubs.
  • "Stare" was originally released as a Spotify exclusive track in September 2015.
  • "Xtraloveable", originally called "Extraloveable" was originally written for Vanity 6 and demoed in 1982 before being scrapped. It was then re-recorded featuring a rap segment by Andy Allo and released in November 2011 exclusively for iTunes to promote Prince's Welcome 2 Canada tour. The version presented on this album is the "Extralovable Reloaded" version with the rap omitted and horn overdubs added that was released on Prince's 3rdeyegirl.com website in June 2013.[21]
  • "Groovy Potential" was originally released through Prince's 3rdeyetunes.com website in August 2013.
  • "Screwdriver" was originally released as a single in February 2013.
  • The track listing was originally set as a continuation of Hit n Run Phase One,[22] with "Baltimore" as track 12; the album, as it exists on the Tidal website, is now split into a two-volume bundle.[23]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 117
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 25
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[28] 47
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[29] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[30] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[31] 21
Irish Albums (IRMA)[32] 45
Italian Albums (FIMI)[33] 41
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[34] 41
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 50
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 21
US Billboard 200[38] 40
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[39] 5

References[edit]

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  7. ^ a b Gill, Andy (14 December 2015). "Prince, HITnRUN Phase Two, album review: This is like the blind date from heaven". The Independent. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Murphy, John (2015). "Prince – HITnRUN phase two". musicOMH. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Horton, Amtthew (16 December 2015). "Prince – 'HITnRUN Phase Two'". NME. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Cragg, Michael (2016). "Prince: HitnRun Phase Two review – patchy but improved follow-up". The Observer. Retrieved July 5, 2016. 
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  13. ^ Q (March): 113. 2016. 
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