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Open your heart, Open your mind...
on 28 November 2003
Prince's 'Around The World In A Day' is the quite baffling yet brilliant follow-up to his 1984 phenomenom 'Purple Rain'.
Psychadelic with a capital P and lacking the raunchy guitar riffs all too common on previous Prince tracks such as 'Computer Blue', the album wasn't as warmly embraced as its predecessor.
Critics and audiences were confused...they thought they were getting 'Purple Rain pt.2' and what they got instead was this album; a kaleidoscope of distinct melodies, colourful imagery, and more importantly pure-purple genius.
Prince himself said that it would be all too easy to open the album with the same kind of fiery guitar solo that concluded 'Let's Go Crazy'...but he doesn't like being predictable, and throughout the duration of this album, he is anything but.
The title cut kicks off the album perfectly, with an ear-piercing whine from Prince followed by an awash of soaring keyboards and foreign instrumentation...fans at the time didn't know what they were hearing, was this the same man who told us just months ago that he met a girl in a hotel lobby...well you know the rest.
'Paisley Park' was probably more like it for the fans...an incredibly catchy trippy-pop song containing, amongst other things, a very contagious chorus... the song still remains one of Prince's strongest pure pop tracks ever.
'Raspberry Beret' and 'Pop Life' are the two standout songs on the album and were, rightfully, big hits, but that 'Prince-masterpiece' you look for on every album comes in the form of track 3: 'Condition Of The Heart', a wonderful and touching ballad that, musically, is Prince's finest from the 80's.
Every track on the album impresses, from the patriotic-funk drive of 'America' to the quite excellent closing track 'Temptation' - a sexual scorcher of a song featuring the only dominant guitar bursts on the whole album.
'Around The World In A Day' seems to get better and better with age, and over the years it has, respectfully, became a fan favourite. In fact, the album is packed with such wonderful and memorable songs that looking back on it now 'ATWIAD' really IS 'Purple Rain 2'. An essential album.