Xpectation

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Xpectation
Prince xpectation 250-.jpg
Studio album by Prince
ReleasedJanuary 1, 2003
RecordedFall 2001[1]
StudioPaisley Park
GenreJazz fusion[2]
Length40:53
LabelNPG
ProducerPrince
Prince chronology
One Nite Alone... Live!
(2002)
Xpectation
(2003)
C-Note
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Wilson & Alroy2/5 stars [3]

Xpectation (subtitled "New Directions in Music By Prince") is the twenty-sixth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on January 1, 2003 by NPG Records. It is the first instrumental album released under Prince's own name.[4] Previously unannounced, it was released as an MP3 download on New Year's Day, 2003 to members of the NPG Music Club with no formal artwork, only two weeks after the commercial release of his previous album, One Nite Alone... Live!.[5]

In 2004, Xpectation was released through the NPG Music Club's Musicology Download Store.[6] The artwork was officially released in September 2015, when a digital lossless version was made available through music streaming service Tidal.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Prince.

  1. "Xhalation" – 2:04
  2. "Xcogitate" – 3:33
  3. "Xemplify" – 5:53
  4. "Xpectation" – 4:01
  5. "Xotica" – 3:05
  6. "Xogenous" – 4:12
  7. "Xpand" – 6:11
  8. "Xosphere" – 3:34
  9. "Xpedition" – 8:24

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Prince – keyboards and guitar
  • John Blackwell – drums
  • Rhonda Smith – bass guitar
  • Candy Dulfer – saxophone
  • Vanessa Mae – violin

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walmsley, Craig (November 24, 2015). "The Top 10 Prince Albums You've Never Heard Of". Medium.com.
  2. ^ Shoup, Brad (June 25, 2014). "Prince albums from Worst To Best: 8: XPectation (2003)". Sterogum.
  3. ^ "Prince". Warr.org.
  4. ^ Giles, Jeff (January 8, 2018). "Prince Goes Instrumental with 'Xpectation': 365 Prince Songs in a Year". Diffuser.FM.
  5. ^ a b "Prince Discography Annotated: Xpectation". PrinceEstate.com.
  6. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (April 27, 2016). "6 Great and Totally Underrated Prince Albums". Inverse.com.