Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1984 Ratings: #9 / 109
User Score
1984 Ratings: #2
Liked by 85 people
June 25, 1984 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
Prince and The Revolution / Producer
Pop Rock, Synth Funk / Genres
Prince / Primary Artists
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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.


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.

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
I wonder if Janelle Monáe and Prince ever had sex 🤔
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

"Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution (1984) {R&B/Pop Rock}

"Purple Rain" besides being heaps of fun, is also anthemic, over the top, flashy and the definitive Prince album. It is one of the true classics of modern pop music, and easily a pillar of the genre. One of the defining albums of the 80s; this album is practically overflowing with great songs. It excels in every category a musician shoots for when they attempt to make an opus. The ... read more
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
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Added on: April 8, 2013