Giving some credence to rumors that he’s done with releasing proper albums, an acoustic guitar-and-vocal demo of a new song called “That Girl Thang” has popped up for sale on Prince‘s webstore, 3rdEyeGirl. We hate to use words like “comeback” and “return to form” when it comes to Prince, because he hasn’t really gone anywhere or changed up his steez. But even in its bare state, this is by far one of the best songs Prince has released in the last 15 years.
“That Girl Thang” is presented with a level of rawness and intimacy that has been missing from his most recent releases. The song sounds as if it were recorded on a four-track in one take, allowing the melody and lyric to shine without being bogged down by layer upon layer of overdubs – a common complaint levied against the songs on Prince’s 1997 almost-but-not-quite-100%-acoustic album, The Truth.
Take a listen to “That Girl Thang” below, and head over to 3rdEyeGirl.com to add it to your collection!