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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.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 April 2016
'Diamonds And Pearls' has some wonderful moments but it is one of the 'Purple One's' more funk based albums. Tracks like the single, 'GetT Off', 'Jughead' and 'Daddy Pop' are more about hustling James Brown rhythms, cuts, raps and scratches than they are 'the Minneapolis sound' that fans of his earlier work like. For this reason, I personally prefer his earlier albums but never the less this set has plenty going for it.

Best track of all is I think the ballad title track. Rosie Gaines provides some awesome co-lead vocals and backing vocals here and the harmonies she and Prince make really give the track a lift. With its pretty, but still purple, arrangement its an out and out romantic song and provides a nice change away from Prince's more physical sex style slowies...

Another light, breezy and romantic song is 'Strollin', while the opener, 'Thunder' is a true 'tour de force' with its religious message! The single, 'Money Don't Matter 2 Night' is also a good mid tempo song. I'm not such a fan of the last three songs here though. 'Push', 'Insatiable' and the long, 'Live 4 Love' all sound to me like Prince re-treading old ground and just funking it up because he can. They make the album longer but I'm not sure they add much to what had gone beforehand?

Overall though, 'Diamonds And Pearls' works quite well as an album listen and has a good deal of variety and a smattering of hits ('Cream' is also here) but, as I said earlier, its not quite as Prince an album as I would like. The New Power Generation idea was undoubtedly commercially successful but Mr. Nelson was never much of a team player and I think he wrote most of his best stuff on his own and for himself.
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on 16 May 2001
I have this album on tape, but soon enough I'm not gonna be able to resist buying it on CD! "Thunder" is a rollercoaster funkstravaganza, "Diamonds and Pearls" is an excellent NPG power ballad, "Cream" is smooth, "Strollin'" is too, "Walk Don't Walk" is a clever track about individuality, and "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" is a subtle pleasing mid-tempo number. Even the appalling "Daddy Pop" can't ruin this album, it's brilliant.
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on 5 August 2001
Prince came with a credibly commercial sound and consistently featured a rapper (Tony M) for first time here. He wanted to reclaim the chart position his stature deserved after relative years in the wilderness. "Batman" and Prince's fourth #1 "Batdance" were mainly successful on the back of the mainstream audience of the movie let us not forget.
The organ led pop-perfect "Cream" would give Prince his fifth US #1. Other hits included the dramatic multi-layered opener "Thunder", the funk-dance classic "Gett Off" and the supreme, Stevie Wonder style ballad "Money Don't Matter tonite" with it's social commentary format and a "Do Me Baby/Scandalous" type ballad in "Instatiable". "Jughead" and "Push" conversely gave Tony M. a chance to spotlight as frontman much to many fans chagrin.
My favourite song on this album however would have to be the title track with its pretty swaying melody and catchy hook.
Overall this album performed it's function and hooked me into becoming a Prince fan ten years ago so i can testify for it's catchiness personally! While perhaps not one of his deepest album concepts he sold albums while staying credible which was the aim. Can't argue with that right? :)
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Here the Prince-patented blend of rock, funk and soul is harnessed for a more funky sound which includes tender gospel ballads. Some rap is added by Toni M to tracks like Jughead, Daddy Pop and Push. The two most soulful cuts are Stollin' and Willing and Able, and they're both excellent. Thunder is Prince at his best, while Creamed and Get Off are hook-filled pure pop delight. Get Off, especially, is loaded with those suggestive innuendos. Lyrically and melodically, this ranks amongst Prince's Top Ten albums.
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on 18 June 2016
His best album of the 1990s, Diamonds & Pealrs is as silky smooth and perfectly produced as anything th eman ever did. A true classic album
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on 11 February 2016
Regularly purchase from this seller and all the CDs come very quickly and reliably described. The Cd itself is really good!
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on 10 June 2015
This is a great Cd featuring some of Prince's classic hits including "Diamonds and Pearls" and "Cream".
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on 25 September 2015
I love this album. I did have this on cassette tape many years ago. So very much better on CD.
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on 24 April 2016
always loved this album, brought the tape years ago. one of Prince's best RIP
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