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on 21 April 2016
I wish you heaven Prince can't believe I woke up to the news about your death , this cd is again another excellent collection of Prince music !!!! Rest in peace Prince alphabet street will stay in our hearts forever
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on 21 July 2001
If Sign 'o' the Times was Prince singing about things we all understand and can empathise with-- being in love, being horny and worrying that the world might not last long enough to enjoy it-- then Lovesexy is Prince begging us for 45 minutes of our time, as he now has something extraordinary to tell us, and we certainly haven't heard anything like it before.
It begins with the sound of fire and ends with water. We are welcomed to the New Power Generation (back then, a concept rather than a backing group). We are exhorted to say 'YES!', jerk our bodies 'like a horny pony would', to clap our hands, stomp our feet and chant that 'God is love, love is God'. To dance on, dance on, dance on... It all crystallises on the title track, when what has gone before begins to make some kind of sense: love God, love life, love sex, but know this-- they're all the same thing. 'I wish U love, I wish U heaven' he says, in one of pop's simplest, yet most profound statements of love for another person. Then it ends as bafflingly as it began, with a warning not to 'kiss the beast' and sounding for all the world like a black mass.
Still listening? Probably not. Because this isn't what people want from their pop music, is it? It all sounds like too much hard work? Far from it-- Lovesexy is an album of nine songs that have enough killer tunes for a record more than twice its length. Whether or not you buy into Prince's concept of the spiritual lay, hearing him try to convince you is enormous fun.
The band is the best he ever had, his production was never more sure-footed and as an artist, he was never more creative. Like all the best albums, Lovesexy is filled with wonderful, singable melodies and songs that exhibit a broad emotional range, from the highs of 'Eye No' to the lows of 'Anna Stesia' and beyond. It's a breathtaking trip, spirited and uplifting, performed with such exuberance that it makes even its out-there concept become utterly convincing.
Yes, it's arcane, messy and borderline pretentious. Yes, it has a few X-rated moments and a noticeable lack of the conventional pop song Prince reliably included amongst even his most difficult work. It's far from perfect, and loses some of its thrust towards the end. But this is pop music for grown-ups, that delivers new pleasures as the years go by. And that's very rare.
Say YES.
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on 6 May 2016
I originally had this album on cassette 1988 when I was fifteen and still regard it not just as Prince's best album but one of the best albums ever made.
It still sounds current by today's standards and showcases his true style and musicianship.
I'm hoping one day it gets a remaster or possibly thirty year anniversary release.
If you only ever buy one Prince album make sure it's this!
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on 14 December 2000
This is a fantastic album. This is Prince ay his best. The album was recorded very quckly but you can't tell. The use of the studio on this album is absolute genius. There is so much going on on this record that 12 years after its releases im still finding new things. I would recommend headphones when listening to this for the full effect. Each and every song is wonderful. This is Prince's most beautiful album full of multilayered vocals and counter melodies. It is a spiritual experience.
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on 18 August 2008
This album is highly underrated, as it has some of his best moments! From the funk of "Eye/I No" to the smoothness of "When 2 R In Love", this is not Prince's best. but very good, definately in the top 10.
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on 11 July 2016
One of my all time favorite Prince albums with all the ingredients that made this sadly missed musical giant great. It funks, it rocks, swings and sways, beats like a restless heart and has etheral beauty too. As on Parade and Sign Of The Times the artistry displayed is quiet dazzling. A must!
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on 29 September 2014
This was the first Prince album i ever owned and the last decent Prince album ever released in my opinion. All the way from the opening track I NO to Positivity not one bad track. This was Prince at the pinnacle of his career.
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on 1 March 2016
Just revisited this album after many years and it's still a really uplifting, funky and entertaining album. The last of the great 80's albums by Prince, a period when he everything he did was gold, musically speaking.
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on 30 June 2016
At first listening it sounded so strange to me. So different. But the more I listen the more I like it. Plus the track "Positivity" unveils some mistery...
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on 22 May 2016
For me, the start of the decline for Prince. His run of albums from 1999 in 1982, through to Sign Of The Times in 1987 was astonishing. Every release a five star classic. Lovesexy was the hastily arranged follow up to Sign, after Prince abandoned the release of The Black Album in late '87. Lovesexy sounds great, impeccably produced, and the simultaneous flow of all 9 tracks is well done. However for the first time there was average, autopilot stuff creeping in (Glam Slam, Positivity, I Wish U Heaven)/ It's perfectly listen-able material, but there's a spark missing for the most part. Alphabet Street (for it's first 2 mins, 30 seconds)) is the best thing on the album. and the title track pumps along effectively. When 2 R In Love is a sweet ballad.that sounds more at home here, than its original place on The Black Album. Anna Stesia rounds off side one in some style, but Dance On was a cluttered mess, and the worst thing on the album. Still there's half an album here worthy of your attention.
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