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'Still As Fresh As A Daisy',
This review is from: Dirty Mind (Audio CD)
Listening to 'Dirty Mind' today is quite a remarkable experience. What hits you about the album is how fresh it still sounds, how full of passion/aggression the vocals are and how tight, snappy, funky and cool the music is. Ironically, back in 1980, what hit the headlines about the album was its lyrical content and controversial explicit adult content. While its true songs like 'Head' and 'Sister' (in particular) were way outside any of societies acceptable boundaries back in the day, its a shame that whenever an artist breaks new ground his or her's work is usually slated for doing so. In many cases, innovative work like this often gets 'buried' under the weight of criticism and scandal and results in a premature end to a recording career!
So, what exactly have we got here? The simple answer to that is 30 minutes (its not the longest album you will ever buy) of the tightest funk that's bristling with great guitar riffs and which mixes new instruments (synths) with old as if they had always been together. 'Do It All Night' and 'Uptown' were U.K. single releases but were nothing like anything being played on U.K. radio at the time. Production wise the album was as ahead of its time as Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn in 1975 and only the rock tinged, radio friendly 'When You Were Mine' would have had a chance of charting had it been chosen as a single...
So then, to sum up, you can dance to tracks like 'Uptown' and the title track but none of the material here was designed particularly for dancing. A whole lot more is going on here than just another black wannabe trying to move yo' ass!
While Prince went on to make a lot of more successful records than this he rarely made a record anywhere near as good.