Top positive review
12 people found this helpful
on 9 March 2006
I have to say, I don't understand how anyone could give this album a poor review - it's a classic! Okay, so the reliance on synthesizers dates it somewhat, but isn't that how pop music works? Can anyone honestly say that Sgt. Pepper's sounds as fresh now as it did back in the day? Of course not. Forget the production,listen to the songs and experience an artist at work.
Controversy finds Prince in something of a transitional phase, making a deliberate step away from the heavily R&B rooted sound of his earlier works towards the "whiter" rock sound of 1999 and Purple Rain. Whereas before he had sung exclusively falsetto, His Royal Badness really begins to stretch out as a vocalist on this album. It also features Prince's first use of the Linn LM1 drum machine that would become an important part of his trademark sound throughout the rest of the 80's. The title track is great funk/rock number led by the purple one's tighter than tight rhythm guitar. "Do Me Baby" remains one of his best seduction numbers and "Annie Christian" shows he was never afraid to experiment.
The subject matter of much of the album is summed up by the second track, "Sexuality". According to Prince, "Sexuality is all we'll ever need" - well it served him well at least. Much of the lyrics are rather silly and far less contoversial than Prince seemed to think. In fact, even in the early 80's we'd heard it all before. The fact that he believed it would be shocking may show just how conservative Prince really is. Daft rhymes aside, this is a funky, fun (and slightly eratic) album that would make a worthy addition to any collection. So shut up already, damn.