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The Rainbow Children | prince_l
GOD COMPLEX Prince's new religiosity doesn't inspire
Prince: Walter Weissman/Globe Photos


Release Date: Nov 20, 2001; Lead Performance: Prince

Prince's worldview has always been a muddled conflation of one-world utopianism, Christianity, and paganism. This concept album, called The Rainbow Children, finds him trying to work through that tangled belief system with an epic rock-musical/morality play in which God's chosen, the rainbow children of the title, are anointed to deliver the Good Word about ''The Everlasting Now.'' Bible-thumping sincerity doesn't suit Prince well; the album's light jazz-funk grooves sink under the weight of his sanctimony. In a career marked by interesting failures, never has Prince sounded so prosaic.

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