Prince’s Sister Tyka Nelson Releases Second Album

Anyone wondering if there’s still a “Minneapolis sound”—a line of continuity between the Time and Big Jess, Mint Condition and Lazerbeak—should hear the new album by Tyka Nelson, Prince’s only full-blooded sibling. She has a better excuse than most for sounding like her brother, amid the icy funk of A Brand New Me (on London’s Gospel Frontiers), but her allure goes beyond the uncanny resemblance she can’t help. On “Touch from Heaven,” a synth dirge among insinuating pop songs, Nelson’s high overdubbed vocals sound like a small choir of herself, swirling over a computer-blue throb like a reverie above a daydreamer’s aching head.
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