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on 26 August 2016
I borrowed the album when it came out and enjoyed it (sorry, Prince); anyway, I had Raspberry Beret in my head and it just wouldn't go away.
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on 28 April 2017
Brilliant cd, Prince at his peak. All killer no filler.
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on 6 August 2017
Undiscrivable happiness!👍🏽😊👌🏿
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on 14 August 2017
I think this was Prince's best album
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on 25 March 2017
Prince at his best
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on 13 May 2016
Very good album
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I have always wondered what went through Prince's head when trying to work out how to top the magnificent Purple Rain with 1985's Around The World In A Day. Not only was that an all around a great record, but it was also the peak for his then streak of creativity.

It is easy to say that Around The World In A Day did not match Purple Rain in terms of creativity or popularity, but it did a bloody good job of keeping up with the times regardless. The album has a firm funk over tone as well as a lot of rock and pop aesthetics, the same sound, style and vibes that were all over his last two records.

There is an array of catchy tunes, the kind that will last you a life time and will burrow into your brain like a Ceti eel, and like the beast from Star Trek, it will make you quite susceptible to outside suggestion as you try to get that intense funk hook out of your brain. Most fans will know the album for releasing the classic Raspberry Beret upon the world. But its equals and deeper cuts Paisley Park America, Pop Life and Temptation are just as good if not better in some regards. I personally could have done without The Ladder. This ballad is slow, very unoriginal and really kills the up beat pace of the album.

Now as far as sound goes, Around The World In A Day and Parade are the two most dated Prince albums by a long shot. The CD copy of both records are very of its time and I honestly wouldn't recommend them. Instead, I highly recommend finding a copy of the vinyl LP version or at least download a needle drop of the record [LP recorded to a computer audio format]. With this big black disc, the album sounds much cleaner and a lot less synthetic. The music on this album is timeless, but sadly the production is not. This album is a must have for Prince fans and is a worthy successor to the incredible and previously mentioned Purple Rain.

Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone
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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.
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VINE VOICEon 24 February 2009
"Purple Rain" shook the world, selling millions and tearing up the charts. What would Prince do next? More of the same, surely?


Until "Purple Rain", and indeed since then, Prince albums have been something of a mixed bag, with genres and styles changing from track to track, and "ATWIAD" underlines this twice, in red pen. Opening with the almost world-music inspired title track, the album wrong-foots most who listen to it, no loud guitars to be heard, spiritual-sounding lyrics about "the little one" escorting you to "the ladder" baffling the casual listeners. The Beatles-like "Paisley Park" comes next, almost a hymn to his studio complex in Minneapolis, and one of my all-time favourites of his tracks. Then, the dark and initially jazzy piano ballad "Condition Of The Heart" chills you until kettledrums roll in and the track explodes into a crescendo, before collapsing in onto itself once again.

For some, "Raspberry Beret" comes as a relief at this point. After all of the experimentation and downright weirdness of the opening three tracks, a little bit of pop music lifts the spirits, even if its arrangement is hugely unconventional with all those descending lines and see-sawing strings. "Tambourine" is the album's only atonal moment, a percussive little thing which blusters in, makes a bit of a fuss, and then disappears in a chime of a triangle.

The album's sole rock moment opens the second half. "America" is a track which could almost have been included on "Purple Rain", such is its drive - for the full experience hunt down the 20-odd minute version which was released on 12" single at the time in the USA! "Pop Life" tells of the dark side of celebrity, another lush yet weird arrangement counterpointing the commercial aspects of the melody. "The Ladder" is the album's big rock ballad, where Prince sings once again of a mystical stairway to heaven, and then finally, in the sole embarrassing moment of the album, he has a conversation with God (in reality just Prince with his voice slowed down) during the bizarre coda of "Temptation".

By bewildering those who expected "Purple Rain 2", Prince showed us all just how creative and unconventional he truly is. Buy it, listen to it, and give it time - it is one of his best.
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on 8 September 2000
After purple rain stormed the charts i thought that would be Prince's musical finale, but hot on it's heels came Around the world in a day. A truly remarkable album. Prince was writing music that was years ahead of his contemparies,lyrically and instrumentally.The record starts with"around the world in a day"which reminds me of a childrens tale that envokes a carnival atmosphere to the listener.It gives the listener an idea of where Prince is taking you- to another place to Paisley park.This track(paisley park) is classic Prince and the revolution,the use of vocal arrangment and the heavy drums,quite superb.My favourite track is Raspberry beret.Prince tells the story of summer love, his lyrics are unsurpassable."Tambourine" is a cleverly written song were Prince sings about his most favourite passion.(sex)"Pop life" is an infectious song.He sings a duet with Lisa intermingling his double vocal with her backing and it has a strange middle eight.Great single.
The album cover i think is a suberb piece of design in it's self.It creates the right mood for the listener. Just play the record with the cover in your hands and your in Prince's paisley park.A brilliant piece of music definatly Prince's best work(although not liked by everyone)until his "diamonds and pearls"album in 1991.The mans a genius.
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