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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Retroactive Review: 1999 (1982)

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 […]

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