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on 21 July 2001
If Sign 'o' the Times was Prince singing about things we all understand and can empathise with-- being in love, being horny and worrying that the world might not last long enough to enjoy it-- then Lovesexy is Prince begging us for 45 minutes of our time, as he now has something extraordinary to tell us, and we certainly haven't heard anything like it before.
It begins with the sound of fire and ends with water. We are welcomed to the New Power Generation (back then, a concept rather than a backing group). We are exhorted to say 'YES!', jerk our bodies 'like a horny pony would', to clap our hands, stomp our feet and chant that 'God is love, love is God'. To dance on, dance on, dance on... It all crystallises on the title track, when what has gone before begins to make some kind of sense: love God, love life, love sex, but know this-- they're all the same thing. 'I wish U love, I wish U heaven' he says, in one of pop's simplest, yet most profound statements of love for another person. Then it ends as bafflingly as it began, with a warning not to 'kiss the beast' and sounding for all the world like a black mass.
Still listening? Probably not. Because this isn't what people want from their pop music, is it? It all sounds like too much hard work? Far from it-- Lovesexy is an album of nine songs that have enough killer tunes for a record more than twice its length. Whether or not you buy into Prince's concept of the spiritual lay, hearing him try to convince you is enormous fun.
The band is the best he ever had, his production was never more sure-footed and as an artist, he was never more creative. Like all the best albums, Lovesexy is filled with wonderful, singable melodies and songs that exhibit a broad emotional range, from the highs of 'Eye No' to the lows of 'Anna Stesia' and beyond. It's a breathtaking trip, spirited and uplifting, performed with such exuberance that it makes even its out-there concept become utterly convincing.
Yes, it's arcane, messy and borderline pretentious. Yes, it has a few X-rated moments and a noticeable lack of the conventional pop song Prince reliably included amongst even his most difficult work. It's far from perfect, and loses some of its thrust towards the end. But this is pop music for grown-ups, that delivers new pleasures as the years go by. And that's very rare.
Say YES.
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on 18 April 2005
With this album Prince expertly tackles the most complex of human emotions- love, in just 45 minutes. For example, being deeply in love with someone is analysed in the fantastic 'When 2 R in love' and loneliness is covered in 'Anna Stesia'. He also looks into when love is merely physical with such songs as 'Glam slam'. Not only does love come in for a deep examination but Prince's faith is a continuing theme throughout. Obviously 'I wish U heaven' is concerned with religion but references to god and the like are spread all the way through. Though it has a message to tell it is still catchy and very listenable. It is the perfect CD to unwind to and is uplifting. As mentioned in other reviews originally the songs were all blended together and so there was just one track. However on my copy despite the CD label saying "songs are in a continuous sequence" all the songs are have individual tracks, making it a 9 track album Additionally the inlay helpfully comes with lyrics. Amazingly apart from 'Alphabet St' much of this material has been largely over looked. Nevertheless, despite being released back in 1988 it still sounds fresh today and is a essential addition to any Prince collection.
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on 19 May 2000
This was Prince's last great album, coming at the end of an amazing creative streak encompassing Parade, Dream Factory/Camille/Crystal Ball/Sign o' the Times, The Black Album, and this hastily realeased but lushly brilliant substitute. At the time, it was a let-down from Sign o' the Times, and everyone made sure to get their hands on a copy of the Black Album boot, but in retrospect it clearly belongs to the fertile Sign period, rather than to the decline that began with Batman.
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on 21 April 2016
I wish you heaven Prince can't believe I woke up to the news about your death , this cd is again another excellent collection of Prince music !!!! Rest in peace Prince alphabet street will stay in our hearts forever
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on 14 December 2000
This is a fantastic album. This is Prince ay his best. The album was recorded very quckly but you can't tell. The use of the studio on this album is absolute genius. There is so much going on on this record that 12 years after its releases im still finding new things. I would recommend headphones when listening to this for the full effect. Each and every song is wonderful. This is Prince's most beautiful album full of multilayered vocals and counter melodies. It is a spiritual experience.
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on 11 July 2016
One of my all time favorite Prince albums with all the ingredients that made this sadly missed musical giant great. It funks, it rocks, swings and sways, beats like a restless heart and has etheral beauty too. As on Parade and Sign Of The Times the artistry displayed is quiet dazzling. A must!
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on 29 September 2014
This was the first Prince album i ever owned and the last decent Prince album ever released in my opinion. All the way from the opening track I NO to Positivity not one bad track. This was Prince at the pinnacle of his career.
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on 18 August 2008
This album is highly underrated, as it has some of his best moments! From the funk of "Eye/I No" to the smoothness of "When 2 R In Love", this is not Prince's best. but very good, definately in the top 10.
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on 6 May 2016
I originally had this album on cassette 1988 when I was fifteen and still regard it not just as Prince's best album but one of the best albums ever made.
It still sounds current by today's standards and showcases his true style and musicianship.
I'm hoping one day it gets a remaster or possibly thirty year anniversary release.
If you only ever buy one Prince album make sure it's this!
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on 1 March 2016
Just revisited this album after many years and it's still a really uplifting, funky and entertaining album. The last of the great 80's albums by Prince, a period when he everything he did was gold, musically speaking.
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