Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
1984 Ratings: #9 / 121
User Score
1984 Ratings: #2
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Taken together, all of the stylistic experiments add up to a stunning statement of purpose that remains one of the most exciting rock & roll albums ever recorded.

100
Pitchfork

The album manages to deftly thread the needle between a dazzling array of genres: disaffected synth pop, tongue-wagging hair metal, dark R&B, and pleading soul. The result is something that isn’t a successful combination of genres as much as an effortless, almost incidental transcendence of the very idea of genre itself.

100
The Guardian
A concise showcase for Prince’s wares, from instant to experimental to epic. Uber-pop perfection.
100
Tiny Mix Tapes
It had such a huge impact on '80s culture and is still one of the most highly respected soundtracks in the history of our generation.
100
The Needle Drop
Just one amazing cut after the next.
90
Sputnikmusic

It almost goes without saying that this album is absolutely essential for an awful lot of people.

75
Entertainment Weekly
The album and soundtrack that made him a media sensation (No. 1 album, Oscar for Best Original Score) is one of his murkiest.
Dombot
100

This album is extremely nostalgic for me, for many reasons. For one, it's one of the first albus I remember listening to in full, from start to finish. For another, it was the first album I received as a gift, from my grandfather. He thought that Prince was the king of music and no one even came close.

At around 1:00 today, my grandma called me. My grandfather lost his battle to stomach cancer this morning. He was 73.

I know it kinda sounds like I'm farming likes, but I honestly don't know ... read more

TehSniper_143
90

10 Day Album Swap (w/ @theryanhimself)

Day 3

Prince is a name that has been a household name for me and my mom for years now. Sometimes when I'm in her car, and she plays her playlist on the radio, I'll hear some of Princes classic songs, like "Kiss" and "Purple Rain" and just jam out to it. So I was excited to go into this album, and damn this is some great stuff here. Love Princes voice so damn much, its addicting hearing his vocals on a lot of these tracks, he just ... read more

MasterCrackfox
97

Defining Purple Rain is about as impossible as defining the man behind the album. It never feels like it comfortably sits anywhere in sound; rather, it swims around in the uncharted, fully aware of what its end goal is and how it plans on getting there.

That end goal is, of course, making Prince the most out of this world superstar imaginable. Judging by the massive hit singles, the length that the album stood at the top of the charts, and the long-lasting success the album has held for well ... read more

KusoTheFox
100

If I could give this anything above a perfect score, I would. This is already one of my favorite records so going into it I knew I was gonna love it, but holy shit is this record incredible. Every single song, from front to back, is immaculately produced, performed, and placed in the record. Every song is catchy, memorable in its own unique way, stays consistent with each other while not becoming derivative and repetitive, and has something you can take out of it. There is not a single wasted ... read more

75

Maybe I don’t get it as much as people who lived in the 80s , but i can appreciate the guitar riffs and vocal performance

100

10/10

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Track List

1Let's Go Crazy
4:40
95
2Take Me With U
3:54
90
3The Beautiful Ones
5:13
92
4Computer Blue
3:59
91
5Darling Nikki
4:14
91
6When Doves Cry
5:52
97
7I Would Die 4 U
2:58
93
8Baby I'm a Star
4:24
90
9Purple Rain
8:40
98
Total Length: 43 minutes
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Added on: April 8, 2013