It’s steadily becoming increasingly difficult to discuss the entirety of the backstory behind these albums, as Prince’s frenetic recording process led to many cancelled albums from 1994-1997. Playtime by Versace was a completely unknown album that resurfaced in July 2017 from a RRAuction by Michael Van Huffel1, who was Prince’s art director during this time, […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Chaos and Disorder (1996)"
Some call it his best album of the ’90’s, and others claim the production ruined the appeal of the original compositions on this album. Wherever you stand on the matter, the level of care and respect Prince had in crafting and promoting The Gold Experience trumps everything else he worked on for Warner Bros. in […]Read more "Retroactive Review: The Gold Experience (1995)"
Normally, an album nearing its seventh year of existence is not reason enough for a retrospective on its creation, but when the world built on the album in particular is as vibrant as the hue of the artwork, then some exceptions must be made. Frank Ocean was an internet darling prior to this album, but […]Read more "Retroactive Review: channel ORANGE (2012)"
Context is everything, so when this record was released as a contractual obligation just 14 weeks after Come, we should have foreseen the dark days ahead. Peaking at #47 on the Top 200, it was Prince’s lowest-selling album since Dirty Mind stalled out at #43 on the same list 14 years prior. Where that album […]Read more "Retroactive Review: The Black Album (1994)"
The spirituality of Lovesexy was hinted at in tracks on Graffiti Bridge, which to most fans would suggest since that drone at the end of “Positivity” was also at the end of “The New Power Generation (Pt. II),” and the two albums that featured the band named after that song sold just as well as the last […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Come (1994)"
We’ll have to return to numerology to explain the rather creative approach to Prince’s platinum-selling fourteenth studio album. I’m aware I run the risk of making myself sound like a crackpot, but if you’ve been following along since For You, then you’re probably a little loony as well. Regardless, 33 is considered a master number; […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Love Symbol Album (1992)"
Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years James Todd Smith proudly boasted on his smash hit “Mama Said Knock You Out”; released the year prior to Diamonds and Pearls worldwide release date of October 1st, 1991. The same could be said of Prince during the recording sessions for his thirteenth album. The […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Diamonds and Pearls (1991)"