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Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign
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Based on 6 reviews
User Score
Based on 174 ratings
1987 Ratings: #1
March 31, 1987 / Release Date
LP / Format
Paisley Park / Label
Prince / Producer
R&B, Funk / Genres
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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.

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.
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.

Entertainment Weekly

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

All these years later, it’s still a vibrant thing, the product of a great artist at the height of his powers.
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.
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
Some people overuse the word “genius,” but Sign O’ the Times provides indisputable evidence that Prince is worthy of that label.

His willingness to examine his own life and engage the world around him results in grooves that put the listener in motion at both ends of the spinal column (“Housequake,” “Hot Thing”), artful storytelling that sent his peers back to the drawing board (“Sign O’ the Times,” “The Ballad of Dorothy ... read more
Prince abandons the revolution to study the sign of the times and comes up with a varied and vibrant, musical commentary on contemporary life.
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
Despite some dated songs and poor mastering on Apple Music, Sign O' the Times is a tour de force of pop music.

Sign O' the Times, Play in the Sunshine, Housequake, The Ballad of Dorthy Parker, Slow Love, Hot Thing, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Strange Relationship, I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man, Adore

U Got the Look
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#3/Consequence of Sound

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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Added on: April 14, 2013