After making a name (or symbol) for himself by singing about Corvettes and cream, Prince will once again use his royal platform to tackle more serious subjects, namely religion and race.
The Minneapolis singer hopes The Rainbow Children will be less a typical pop album and more a conversation starter, according to his spokesperson.
The album – “Last December” and “The Everlasting Now” in particular – hints at Prince’s religious beliefs. The latter track, for example, asserts that, “Accurate knowledge of Christ and the Father will bring the everlasting now.”
Although The Rainbow Children, which follows 1999’s Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, is due in stores November 30 on his label (distributed by Red Line Entertainment), members of Prince’s NPG Music Club can download it beginning Wednesday.
Premium membership in the NPG Music Club (www.npgmusicclub) also includes tickets to Prince concerts and parties.
Prince released one track from the record, “The Work – Pt. 1,” on Napster in April. His spokesperson said a radio single from The Rainbow Children has yet to be selected.
The Rainbow Children Track List, According To Prince’s Spokesperson: