3 AM Eternal: Corey Glover “April Rain” (1998)

Setting aside March’s unexpected monsoon season, April is generally the rainiest month of the year. What better time, then, to look at the weather phenomenon that’s inspired many, many wonderful songs? Thus, this month’s theme is “April Rain,” a look at all sorts of interesting, thoughtful–and sometimes hilarious–songs about liquid precipitation.

Our first song of this set comes from the debut solo album from Living Colour frontman Corey Glover, 1998’s Hymns. Okay, confession time: it wasn’t a well-received record, and many critics disliked it. I didn’t care for it, but “April Rain” is a unique track. It’s a powerful soul ballad, but what becomes instantly clear is that the song is a weird hybrid of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Guns ‘n Roses‘ “November Rain.”

Seriously. Give it a listen. It’s an odd yet appealing number that will grow on you.

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