Joey_White -
85
The famed, infamous and legendary project that was traded out for "Lovesexy" last minute, the sexual frustration and bizarre, dark, jarring synth-funk found on "The Black Album" is nothing short of brilliant. Though distorted vocals, fragmented raps, thick horn loops and rich baselines, Prince produces some of his most frantic music to date, combining the off-beat party rock with organic funk and syth-infused swing. It isn't quite as realised as "Lovesexy", but ... read more
Joey_White -
80
Committing to R&B (almost) entirely, "Come" remains an overlooked project by Prince. While simply a collection of tracks from the era, these tracks are incredibly smooth, sexually charged and silky; in a sense, it serves as a companion peice to "Dirty Mind" - from teenage lust to mature sexual expression. Sonically, Prince employs spacious swing and tight jams alongside dance tropes and a layer of murky darkness to differentiate himself from the conventional sounds of ... read more
Joey_White -
85
"The Love Symbol" is such a powerful and passionate record, taking the sonic ideas explored on "Dimonds And Pearls" to new heights. Pushing for grandeur and indulgence, Prince and The New Power Generation hone their abilities at writing dark, groovy R&B, soul and hip-hop, this time with more of an emphasis on rock fusion and larger production. "The Love Symbol" is a varied and bombastic album that includes so many great tracks, it's foolish not to consider this ... read more
Joey_White -
80
Prince and his latest group, The New Power Generation, create a record filled with smooth R&B and hip-hop hybrids, applying their fantastic instrumental abilities to a batch of sexy, jazz-enfused hits that make for one of the artist's most accessible records. "Dimonds And Pearls" shows Prince embracing the ideas of the mainstream (such as the newly-popular rap) and twisting them into his own, with an emphasis on horns, guitar parts and modest synth components that make this record ... read more
Joey_White -
75
Yet another soundtrack, unfortunately, "Graffiti Bridge" finds itself slightly too ambitious, leading to a bloated tracklist of ups and downs. However, these highs are undoubtedly some of Prince's highest, and most of these lows are pleasant at least (and come from collaborative artists, not the man himself). Despite some kinks, it's really difficult not to have a great time with this record; Prince packs perfect music alongside some disappointing tracks for, yet again, a very solid ... read more
Joey_White -
70
With "Batman", Prince proves that he does not need to go on an artistically satisfying expedition to release a fun collection of tracks. At its core, "Batman" is just simply a fun collection of tracks that don't utterly sacrifice the artist's core sound, but replaces cohesion and musical progression for tracks suitable for a superhero film - which just results in a batch of very solid singles. "Batman" is an enjoyable little album, and is worth hearing for what it ... read more
Joey_White -
90
Prince ended up releasing fantastic record after fantastic record during the 80s - with "Lovesexy", he maintains his streak. A colourful collection of heavenly pop with touches of depravity and darkness (leftover from "The Black Album"), Prince once again takes his forward-thinking sounds and uses brilliant songs to express them. "Lovesexy" is catchy, fun, thought-provoking, thematic and a great listen from front-to-back.
Joey_White -
100
"Sign O' The Times" is in a space of its own; a dizzying exploration of sound that sees Prince discover such a deep range of supernatural pop music and channelling these ideas through some of the most incredible songs of his entire career. In 16 songs, Prince does what most great artists take an entire lifetime to achieve: through appropriating pop, R4B, soul, funk, disco, synth-funk, psychedelic pop and stadium rock, Prince creates an unbelievable hybrid-pop that stands ahead of ... read more
Joey_White -
80
On his second soundtrack, Prince returns to the more conventional sounds of "Purple Rain" for a selection of quirky, guitar-led pop cuts that flirt with grandeur and narrative. Structured by more fragmented tracks at the front and solid pop hits on the back end, "Parade" holds the listener's attention with plenty of fantastic Prince moments, all characterised by his strong production and catchy songwriting. Considering its companion film was such a poor effort, ... read more
Joey_White -
80
A harsh departure from the electronic synth-funk and rock-infused R&B present on previous releases, "Around The World In A Day " is an interesting foray into psychedelic pop that breeds hits and more challenging deep cuts, sticking out in Prince's discography but nevertheless remaining an interesting and enjoyable project. Daring and bold, this deviation from the popular sounds of the era shows how musically driven Prince was, displaying his talents across these interesting tracks.
Joey_White -
95
Prince's "Purple Rain" is a moment in popular music that seldom occurs - an artist capturing the past, present and future of music all at once, creating an undisputable masterpiece that captures a moment in musical history. Outside of its importance and context, "Purple Rain" is a much more focused, concise and rock-lead expression of previous ideas, resulting in his most immediate work to date and some of the strongest songs of his career. The influence of being backed by a ... read more
Joey_White -
95
Prince combines his knowledge of pop music, his explosive sexual synth-funk sonics and his more experimental jams on "1999", filling two discs with decade-defining music that displays all of his many talents in one expansive package. With more collaborative songwriting and a bigger, bolder pop sound, Prince manages to conquer both the underground and pop sphere with his fifth studio effort. Few records hold the power of "1999" - some of the others are also by Prince himself.
Joey_White -
85
Expressing the sound and aesthetic of pure passion found on "Dirty Mind" through a more conscious and contemplative lens, "Controversy" lacks the urgency of its predecessor, but continues the momentum of fantastic songwriting and musical brilliance. Across longer jams, Prince assumes a more abstract role on "Controversy", with a higher emphasis on vocal experimentation and musical deviation, making for a less enjoyable but more challenging record than "Dirty ... read more
Joey_White -
95
A dark, sticky, sweaty and sexy expression of lust through throbbing synth-funk and tense new wave, "Dirty Mind" is as perfectly perverted and fantastically fun as one can imagine. Lacing the soul and R&B tones of his first two records with new wave and synth-pop influences, Prince creates a thick and gripping sound that exposes these fantastically written pop tracks in a unique and exciting way. Finding himself through sexual frustration, "Dirty Mind" is Prince's first ... read more
Joey_White -
75
In pursue of pop-R&B stardom, Prince's self-titled sophomore release boasts bigger songs and more interesting arrangements, pushing his sound to new highs with some of his catchiest and sweetest material. While sonically safe, "Prince" succeeds in containing some of the artists' most enjoyable material, showcasing unforgettable vocal and melodic hooks, a great sense of pop structure and some simply euphoric elements. Prince is becoming the artist he aspires to be.
Joey_White -
60
Prince's debut, aside from a handful of highlights, is more a show of promise than a successful body of work. A competent, but at times generic, exploration of R&B and soul music, "For You" applies Prince's wide range of skills in the studio to create some highly enjoyable, but somewhat forgettable, tracks. A fair debut, displaying talent most artists would kill for, but Prince fails to push himself too far out of his comfort zone.
Joey_White -
100
Whether watching or listening to "Stop Making Sense", this performance recording pushes you into the front row, immersing you in the action as one of the greatest live bands the world has ever seen rattles through the hits and fan-favourites. Energetic, musically rich and utterly polarising from front to back, these excellent versions of these excellent songs are possibly the finest we have access to. "Stop Making Sense" is everything Talking Heads were and are, and is ... read more
Joey_White -
90
Compiling a wide selection of radio sessions and performance recordings, "The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads" exposes the raw energy and joy laced into the early Talking Heads recordings. These performances are powerful and gripping, expressing each song with full emotional capability, caught for us with high-quality equipment and mixed perfectly for high enjoyment. Possibly the best place to start with Talking Heads.
Joey_White -
75
While quite messy, the lack of focus or grounding of the ideas present on "Naked" is charming and satisfying. Reintroducing African influences, alongside Latin tropes, Talking Heads manage to once again create an art-pop record that will stop listeners in their tracks for its sonic vibrance. A collection of wild ideas, oftentimes awkwardly executed, that eludes to nothing but curtains for the band - I may be outspoken, but "Naked" is a fun, underrated final offering from ... read more
Joey_White -
60
Without the focus of "Little Creatures", the new conventional direction of the band really causes "True Stories" to suffer. The semi-soundtrack structure leaves half of this record in a place of relative strength, with strong pop songs and fun, memorable melodies that rival the hits on that of its predecessor. However, this is unfortunately contrasted with lazy, formulaic fillers, which becomes incredibly problematic on such a short album. While "True Stories" ... read more
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