Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1984 Ratings: #9 / 100
User Score
Based on 725 ratings
1984 Ratings: #1
Liked by 40 people
June 25, 1984 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
R&B, Rock, 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 ­čĄö
Probably the best pop record I've heard... PERIOD. There's an incredible blend of genres in every track, and no track sounds the same as another. One could be an upbeat rock jam, another can be a soulful but upbeat track and one could be very slow but soulful and beautiful.
It's truly an impressive album that deserves to be a classic. And Purple Rain is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

favourite tracks Let's Go Crazy, The Beautiful Ones, Computer Blue, Darling Nikki, When Doves ... read more
This is quintessential 80's and therefore pop excellence. No fucking doubt that Prince was a legend, no matter what!! He was unapologetically himself and that's what I adore the most about him. These songs are the perfect example of it, a black man telling stories about love, freedom, expression and most importantly empowerement.
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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Track List

  1. Let's Go Crazy
  2. Take Me with U (with Apollonia Kotero)
  3. The Beautiful Ones
  4. Computer Blue
  5. Darling Nikki
  6. When Doves Cry
  7. I Would Die 4 U
  8. Baby I'm a Star
  9. Purple Rain
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Added on: April 8, 2013