Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign "O" the Times
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Based on 7 reviews
1987 Ratings: #1 / 101
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1987 Ratings: #1
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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.

Arguably both Prince's magnum opus and the peak of his superstardom, the apotheosis of both his critical and commercial acclaim, this project can, at first, appear chaotic and delirious, and unaligned with the mythos that surround it, but that really is the true hidden beauty of what's going on here; only Prince could create something so mainstream yet esoteric, so grounded yet transcendent, so historically ingrained yet revolutionary and forward-thinking. This is a masterpiece on every level, ... read more


'Sign "O" The Times' marca a carreira do gênio musical Prince Rogers Nelson de forma unânime e grandiosa, sendo considerado por muitos o seu ápice artístico, um album extremamente aclamado tanto por crítica quanto por público, um marco histórico de criatividade, uma obra essencial para aqueles que desejam experimentar o melhor do som de Prince.

'Sign "O" The Times' em sua ideia inicial era ser um album triplo, mas devido ... read more


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


It's good.
Favorite Tracks: The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker, I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, The Cross
Least Favorite Tracks: It, Forever In My Life


This album is some of Prince's best work for sure. Every song on here is amazing, everything sounds so unique. The production and vocals are all amazing, this album is nothing but an artistic masterpiece expressed through song. The lyrics are all so amazingly written and beautiful, everything about this album is stunning, it's a must hear for anyone without a doubt.


This is the best you can get out of a double album. I believe this is one of the most colorful and cohesive albums of the 80s. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker and Adore are two of my favorite songs by Prince. Other great songs are If I Was Your Girlfriend, Sign 'O' The Times, I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man.

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Added on: April 14, 2013