MUSIC . . . BLACK ALBUM

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Prince's new album is really an old album dating back to 1987 and resurrected to fulfill contractual obligations. It reveals just how ahead of his times Prince was in anticipating "the decidedly unlovesexy anger and violence in the gangster rap of the 1990s," says TIME Music Critic David Thigpen. Of the music, Thigpen notes that "the Black Album is a bleak tour through an American ghetto of fractured homes and misogynistic, rootless young men." And, while the anger in the music will probably hamper its success, it is nevertheless "a rich and complex record by one of pop's most talented, multifarious performers."Post your opinion on theArts & Culturebulletin board.