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One of his most enduring...
on 28 July 2007
This is probably Prince's most commercially accessible album since 'Purple Rain'. Though I could never give a Prince album 5 stars as there are usually 1 or 2 tracks I find myself skipping over, I could not tell anyone this is not a 5 star talent at work. An album like this outlasts its peers by being distinctive in its style and inventive in its output. Prince's experiments with rap and hip-hop don't always work, but when they do the effect is staggeringly good. Take 'Gett Off' - a grinding, thumping track with some of the most tongue-in-cheek lyrics I've ever heard. One of my favourites is 'Tonight you're a star.. and I'm a Big Dipper'. Pure genius. 'Cream' is another standout track with a striking guitar sound and a compulsively toe-tappable rhythm. 'Diamonds and Pearls' was probably the major hit - no matter how experimental he gets, he never loses an ear for a good tune - grandly helped along by by mighty voice of Rosie Gaines. 'Money Don't Matter 2Night' is a rather touching commentary on the state of the world, as is 'Live 4 Love'. Whether Prince is your 'thing' or not, you cannot deny he is a prodigious talent. As a body of work 'Diamonds and Pearls' stands up today and still satisfies the ear - as a part of Prince's rather voluminous back catalogue it is indispensable.