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 […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Batman (1989)"
30 years ago today, May 10, 1988, Prince released Lovesexy to the public1. However, this album was not the one Prince was originally going to release, 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 […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Lovesexy (1988)"
Released in the U.S. exactly one year after its predecessor1, Sign o’ the Times is an absolute fucking masterpiece. Peaking at #6 on Billboard’s Top 200 around five weeks after it was released, achieving platinum status just two months after that, Sign o’ the Times demonstrates the raw power music can have on an audience. […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Sign o’ the Times (1987)"
After the perceived commercial failing of Around the World in a Day and a mixed response from critics, the safe bet is to get back to basics. The problem for Prince is, there is no “basics.” His fundamentals are sound enough, and his very nature is curious enough, that continued experimentation is the inevitable result […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Parade (1986)"
Rather than fast track a sequel1, why not throw the audience a swerve with your artistic sensibilities? Around the World in a Day doesn’t even try to properly succeed Purple Rain, and it’s better off because of that fact. Released rather surprisingly on April 22nd, 1985, the album hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Around the World in a Day (1985)"
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to peruse this critic’s adoration and subsequent fawning over of an undeniable pop music masterpiece. A subjective word, masterpiece, it means a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship, and there’s plenty of people who may disagree, but I’m here to tell you, they’re wrong. A world without […]Read more "Retroactive Review: Purple Rain (1984)"
I once wrote that subtlety was only in the technicalities of Prince’s craft, and that we could enjoy content released for the sake of new content, provided they maintain quality. That’s all being flung out the window of the purple tinted party bus now, because once Prince’s manager, Bob Cavallo, suggested an overarching song and […]Read more "Retroactive Review: 1999 (1982)"