Who has performed more great anguished-relationship songs than Prince? “When You Were Mine,” “How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore,” “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” “Last Heart” — the list is extensive, and each entry is indispensable. Today Billboard is exclusively premiering the lyric video for Prince’s latest cover of a heartbroken number: “ANOTHERLOVE,” which appears on his recently-released album with 3RDEYEGIRL, PLECTRUMELECTRUM.
“Another Love” was originally written by Alice Smith, Rebecca Jordan and Reginald “Syience” Perry for Smith’s album She. Prince recorded his version of the track during a jam with 3RDEYEGIRL — Donna Grantis (guitar), Ida Nielsen (bass) and Hannah Ford Welton (drums) — at his famous Paisley Park Studios.
While Smith’s version moves quickly, with sweet strings and bubbly piano, Prince reimagines the song, stretching it out to convey maximum torment. “ANOTHERLOVE” grabs your attention immediately by starting with an accusation: “U said I was what U wanted — Liar.” After the potent opening line, Prince and co. play the track as a soul ballad swathed in heavy, distorted guitars. Halfway through, the song opens up and pounds forward, and Prince adds some classic adlibs which don’t appear in the original: “Everything we used 2 share/ our clothes and even our hair.”
The video, produced by John Andosca of JPA Entertainment, contains shots from Prince & 3RDEYEGIRL’s 8-minute Saturday Night Live performance, partially obscured by swirling clouds of ink and smoke. PLECTRUMELECTRUM is one of two full-lengths Prince put out on Sept. 30, and it was the first Prince record to land at the top of Billboard’s Rock Albums chart. ART OFFICIAL AGE, the companion release, also topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.