Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign "O" the Times
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1987 Ratings: #1 / 89
User Score
Based on 256 ratings
1987 Ratings: #1
March 31, 1987 / Release Date
LP / Format
Paisley Park / Label
R&B, Funk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

In its own roundabout way, Sign 'O' the Times is the sound of the late '80s -- it's the sound of the good times collapsing and how all that doubt and fear can be ignored if you just dance those problems away.

100
Rolling Stone
Both discs are heavy with songs about hot sex ("Slow Love," "Hot Thing"), but those songs are outweighed by the towering ballads about love and commitment. "Adore" remains one of the greatest love songs of all time and continues to make women weak and wet with its opening promise: "Until the end of time, I'll be there for you." Even in a world so hopeless, Prince seems to say, love can conquer all.
100
Slant Magazine

Sign 'O' the Times begins a fragmented mess, sifting through the wreckage of a shuttle explosion and the AIDS crisis, but it ends with a singular baptismal flourish.

100
Entertainment Weekly

Back in form, Prince finally delivers the goods he’d been promising in the wake of Purple Rain.

100
Pitchfork
All these years later, it’s still a vibrant thing, the product of a great artist at the height of his powers.
100
The Guardian
Prince the polymath in full and frightening effect, across funk, rock and genres yet to be given names. A double album with scarcely a sub-phenomenal moment.
KingKRoolisBack
100
This is not only the best Prince album, but the best album of the 80s, this album is so wildly ambitious with each song being creatively different from each other. I also found this the peak of Prince’s Lyricism/Song-Writing. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Purple Pain, but Sign ‘O’ the times is where it at. So anyways, the 50 album challenge, it was cool, I don’t know what else to say...
Tielur
100
One of my favorite albums of all time. From its concept, statements, and energy there is nothing not to love here. All of Prince is here, there's just nothing not to love.
superflysex
95
Sign o the times - 10/10
Play in the sunshine - 10/10
Housequake - 10/10
The ballad of dorothy parker - 7/10
It - 5/10
Starfish and coffee - 10/10
Slow love - 10/10
Hot thing - 10/10
Forever in my life - 10/10
U got the look - 9/10
If i was your girlfriend - 10/10
Strange relationship -10/10
I could never take the place of your man - 10/10
the cross - 10/10
its gonna be a beautiful night - 10/10
Adore - 10/10
tha138
91
Prince abandons the revolution to study the sign of the times and comes up with a varied and vibrant, musical commentary on contemporary life.
lucacdornelles
85
RANKING THE SONGS:
16. Housequake
15. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
14. Hot Thing
13. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
12. Forever in My Life
11. U Got the Look
10. Strange Relationship
9. If I Was Your Girlfriend
8. Play in the Sunshine
7. Sign 'O' the Times
6. Starfish and Coffee
5. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
4. Slow Love
3. The Cross
2. It
1. Adore
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Track List

  1. Sign o' the Times
  2. Play in the Sunshine
  3. Housequake
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  5. It
  6. Starfish and Coffee
  7. Slow Love
  8. Hot Thing
  9. Forever in My Life
  10. U Got the Look (featuring Sheena Easton)
  11. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  12. Strange Relationship
  13. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  14. The Cross
  15. It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night
  16. Adore
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