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Funk Rock Classic
on 3 April 2017
After two reasonably entertaining R&B albums For You and Prince, The Artist Now Known As... fired back with his third album and the first in a string of what could be considered timeless classics. This is Dirty Mind from 1980.
What strikes me about Dirty Mind over its predecessors is how down right funky this album this. Whilst the follow up album Controversy introduced a lot more synth based pop elements to the album, this record holds a solid, straight forward funk element for the entire thirty minute record, only breaking for one or two more melodic tunes.
Fans of Prince will be familiar with the song Dirty Mind, it is a fantastic funk rock song with a great disco pop bass rhythm. It is a lot more synthetic than the follow up songs and was definitely a sign of things to come. When You Were Mine is a nice light pop rock song that balances off the more electronic opening track. Do it All Night continues that groovy funk rhythm and flows wonderfully into the almost Motown ballad Gotta Broken Heart Again. The second side of the LP features more superb funk rhythms in Uptown and Head. The album variety continues on with the charming brief rock number Sister and finishes with another funk based tune, Partyup.
Through out the album you will find top quality musicianship, most of which were handled by Prince himself. With exception of the vocals by Lisa Coleman and the Synthesizer by Doctor Fink, the Purple One himself performed the funky slap bass, the groovy disco beats and all the excellent but criminally under used guitar.
As far as '80s albums go, this one has aged wonderfully. The CD print of this beauty still sounds crystal clear and in my opinion is a much more enjoyable listening experience than the vast majority of Prince's '80s CD releases. I would however recommend buying the re-issue LP over the disc. The sound in general is a lot more rich, packs a nice wallop where it needs to and much like Around A World In A Day and other Prince albums, just sounds better overall.
People will argue until they are blue in the face that Purple Rain is Prince's finest album. But I feel that as great as that album is, it lacks the edge and consistency that you will find in Dirty Mind. This album knows what it wants to be and doesn't screw around with too many musical variations and styles. It is a straight up funk rock album, nothing more, nothing less and it is a thing of beauty.
Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone