Sign O' the Times

Prince - Sign O' the Times
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1987 Ratings: #1 / 133
User Score
1987 Rank: #1All Time: #216
Liked by 305 people
March 31, 1987 / Release Date
LP / Format
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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
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.
100
Entertainment Weekly

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

100
Mojo
The peak of his mastery.
MasterCrackfox
95

Keeping up with Prince is, unsurprisingly, impossible. When listening to Purple Rain your head might have spun from just how many directions the artist was going by bending pop genres left and right. Then on his follow up album, he would shift once again into new territory, with Around the World in a Day bringing in psychedelic flourishes throughout that made it clear that Prince hadn't lost his sense of experimentation. Sign "O" the Times is in many ways the magnum opus of Prince as ... read more

JeremiahMurphy
100

Yes. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes im sorrry this is a lazy review but what can i say i mean album is just a yes yes yes yes yes

koxtil
65

My mom is a fan of Prince. Not the hugest supporter, but of all the music that I would hear about of her days, it would be 2 people: Michael Jackson and Prince. And I do have a lot of respect for what he does and his performance capabilities and artistry.

However, of all the time I would hear her mention Prince or bring him up in any sense, this record never pops up. I would hear more about 1999 or Purple Rain. Even Prince's first record and the album that came after this, Lovesexy, would be ... read more

troncat4
89

Way more than just pushing the bar

90

DOUBLE ALBUMS DOUBLE ALBUMS. This is so unique for pop - perfect use of the available technology to make something timeless and special.

g00se
95

Very fun pop album with well done genre mixing of funk, R&B, soul, rock and very fun tracks and prince’s amazing vocals like on “Slow love” and “adore” and funky fun tracks like “housequake” and hot thing”. Overall this album has great character making it feel lively and amazing genre usage making for a fun sit through

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