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Prince's finest lp - total genuis
on 6 May 2008
for me - as staggering as Prince's myriad abilities are : song writing, musicianship, originality etc Parade remains for me his best lp as a complete ,perfect listening experience. Parade sold poorly apparently after his mega hit of Purple Rain with its rock and anthemic ballads etc for the mainstream mass market. Parade from 1986, a year or two later remain absolutely perfect lp , and perfect is not a description i use often at all to describe many artist s work. here though - it applies. why ?
each song is original, unusual , inventive. the lp covers the whole range of for me what is the best elements of Prince : funky, psychedelic, tender, experimental. the intro track alone is staggeringly inventive and well brilliant actually. avante-garde, weird and for a by then huge yes what we thought was a mainstream artist - BRAVE. backwards looped rhythym, otherworldly vocals by wendy and lisa and himself,.i could go on...
Parade contain pure pop genius hit "kiss", minimal quirky funk of "girls and boys" with the killer line : "she had the greatest ass he d every seen, he did too: they were meant to be" da -dum ! the aforementioned weird brilliance of "christopher traceys parade", the double whammy of "i wonder u" (more psychedlic wonderous ) and gorgeous soulful sophistication and falsetto of "under the cherry moon".the beautiful deeply sad ballad "sometimes i rains in april", the sexy baritone horn stabs, the stripped back production, the sexy french femme appearances.. i could go on and on but space dictates i think.
wikipedia labels "Parade" as Psychedelic pop funk jazz soul. correct just about. BUY and be amazed. really...