Prince - Controversy
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1981 Ratings: #39 / 128
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
1981 Ratings: #25
Liked by 1 person
October 14, 1981 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Pop Rock, Synth Funk / Genres
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Only Prince can climax on a song and make it sound good.
Controversy lives up to its name, with Prince taking all his eccentricities and directing them not only at a revolutionary place of counter-culture sexuality, but also into the political and social realm. Prince was clearly unafraid of how the world would receive him, going from gently nudging the world into an uncomfortable place in the late 70s to straight pushing them off the ledge in the 80s. Like Dirty Mind, Prince backs up his flamboyancy with funky rhythmic beauty that translates it all ... read more
Controversy is arguably Prince's boldest and best-spoken album of his career. It's lined with political, societal, and religious issues of the early 1980s and it explores those themes quite appropriately. However, the entire album doesn't have that serious tone; Prince lightens the mood with tracks like "Do Me, Baby" and "Jack U Off" by spreading them throughout the tracklisting. It's not an essential piece of Prince's discography in my opinion, but it's certainly not a ... read more
Prince continues the sound that he established on Dirty Mind with Controversy.

Not many things have changed, even though the music this time is more plethoric, expanding on keyboard-heavy, new wave gimmicks which add flair to the songs. There is also a tendency towards the epic, especially on the lengthier tracks such as controversy and do me, baby, albeit for different reasons. The first is a genuine anti-bipolar, socially conscious anthem that cherishes spiritual unity and pansexuality, ... read more
The 2nd album in Prince's near-perfect run of albums in the 80's and one that isn't talked about as much as it should be.

Controversy adds on to the sexually charged mix of new wave and funk of Dirty Mind, adding some balladry, electropunk and a sociopolitical edge that wasn't there as much before.

The only issues I really have with this great record is that the mixing isn't as dense and punchy as it could be, making some songs less palpable than others. The other issue is that the closing ... read more
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Track List

  1. Controversy
  2. Sexuality
  3. Do Me, Baby
  4. Private Joy
  5. Ronnie, Talk to Russia
  6. Let's Work
  7. Annie Christian
  8. Jack U Off
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Added on: September 14, 2014