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Gets rave reviews, but should it?
on 13 April 2003
I recently purchased 'Parade', and have been left somewhat dissapointed. The first few tracks aren't so much songs as 'sonic snippets', so after about 7 minutes you've gone through a rather substantial chunk of the tracklist. 'Under The Cherry Moon'- the fourth track in- comes as a relief, though it's no 'Raspeberry Beret'- 'Boys & Girls' is, however, fantastic. The first 'proper' song to appear on the running order, and it almost makes up for the drivel before it. peversely, the track is too long though (while the others are too short, or not actual songs). The only other tracks to match the quality of 'Boys & Girls" is the brilliant 'Kiss'- which is easily the most commercial, listenable thing here- not suprisingly, it wasn't arranged by Prince! 'Sometimes is snows in April' is a rather fine Prince ballad, but too be honest he's better at fun, lively music- on slow songs (with some acceptions) he tends to fade into the background.
This is certainly an unusual CD, maybe a bit too unusual. It's all very well trying to be 'new', but the punters still want some songs on a album. Three great tracks and eight duds isn't value for money- so don't pay any more than a fiver!