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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All these years later, it’s still a vibrant thing, the product of a great artist at the height of his powers.

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.

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.
Entertainment Weekly

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

The peak of his mastery.

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


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


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


Way more than just pushing the bar


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


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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Added on: April 14, 2013