With “Push”, Prince eases back into the band-focused, dance-funk side of Diamonds and Pearls. “Eases” is the right word, as the song has an easygoing quality from the start, even with Prince’s sometimes intense falsetto and a certain level of buried anxiety. The comfort level is also unique for a song that at the same time is trying to keep a steady groove that might drive somebody to a nearby dancefloor.
Tony M is here, Rosie Gaines is here; the gang’s all here, or at least it sounds that way. In actuality, Prince plays pretty much all of the instruments. One major theme of this album seems to be “Meet my new band’, yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse. As always, Prince is the man, the star of the show, and that’s how he wants it, even when he also wants us to think he’s sharing the spotlight. At the very least, he’s a perfectionist.