Sign "O" the Times

Prince - Sign "O" the Times
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1987 Ratings: #1 / 93
User Score
Based on 345 ratings
1987 Ratings: #1
Liked by 11 people
March 31, 1987 / Release Date
LP / Format
Paisley Park / Label
Pop Rock, Funk Rock, R&B / 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.
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
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.
Regardless of the decade, regardless of how high-quality it is, not every album is perfect. There will be at least one song you're not a fan of. IMO, Sign o' the Times is an exception. Since this is my 100th review, why don't I dissect one of my favourite albums of all time, from one of my favourite artists?

I've never heard an album with such variety and scope in my life. In his lifetime, Prince was no stranger to blurring genre boundaries and playing with pop song tropes. Here, he amplifies ... read more
First reaction

Sign 'O' the Times - Starts sounding distinctly 'michael jacksony' with a 'oohhh yeahhh'. Then it gets into his singing/rapping section. A funky bassline in the background that wouldnt sound out of place on a Miami Vice style 80s cop show. It doesn't seem to be going anywhere though, It's quite fun but I feel like it would work well with a big anthemic chorus. A fine start to an album that I assume I'm going to dislike. 6/10

Play in the Sunshine - A fun 80s start, sounds like a ... read more
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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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Added on: April 14, 2013