Retroactive Review: Batman (1989)

A big takeaway from my Sign o’ the Times review was the realization that Prince’s mindset and material recorded during this creative outburst sowed the seeds for the next decade of his career. These roots began to bloom just nine months later when he took the more passionate concepts from that stringent double album and […]

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Retroactive Review: Lovesexy (1988)

30 years ago today, May 10, 1988, Prince released Lovesexy to the public1. However, this was not supposed to be what was originally released, as various bootlegs of The Black Album nearly everyone possessed clearly attested2. A rare, one-time ecstasy trip gone bad is credited with curbing The Purple One’s enthusiasm on the darker, malicious […]

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Retroactive Review: Parade (1986)

After the perceived commercial failing of Around the World in a Day and mixed response from critics, the safe bet is to get back to basics. The problem is, for Prince, there is no “basics”; his fundamentals are sound enough and his very nature is curious enough that continued experimentation is the inevitable result of […]

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