8 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Already infamous for his provocative lyrics, Prince continued to shock fans by bringing politics into the mix on 1981’s Controversy, unleashing some of pop’s funkiest protest jams. Powered by pulsating basslines and gleaming synth-pop riffs, tracks like “Controversy” and “Sexuality” are floor-filling anthems that cleverly question identity norms. Of course, no Prince album would be complete without a few lush ballads (“Do Me, Baby”) and raunchy rock jams (“Jack U Off”). Controversy is that perfect Prince combo of deep sensuality and social commentary.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Already infamous for his provocative lyrics, Prince continued to shock fans by bringing politics into the mix on 1981’s Controversy, unleashing some of pop’s funkiest protest jams. Powered by pulsating basslines and gleaming synth-pop riffs, tracks like “Controversy” and “Sexuality” are floor-filling anthems that cleverly question identity norms. Of course, no Prince album would be complete without a few lush ballads (“Do Me, Baby”) and raunchy rock jams (“Jack U Off”). Controversy is that perfect Prince combo of deep sensuality and social commentary.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

VJO_14 ,

Born To Controversy

This is a classic Prince album!!! The bass riff in Controversy never gets old!!
And Do Me, Baby was the jam back in the day!!!

pickylover ,

Da Bomb

No review needed!!! Just listen....period ~_~

Modernaire ,

Depressing But Essential

The sound on this and the themes are really depressing. Maybe thats what Prince wanted. To musically represent the depressing and somber, bad of a world gone upside down. I mean the themes are hard - gun control. Crazy Annie Christian religious zealouts and tourists and sexuality and Punk Funk and living under the threat of Nuclear War so you best be talking to Russia!

Sonically, audio wise I always disliked the albums production. I thought it was too muffly, to something unpleasant, but that only adds the mystique and actually wanting to listen through it. Becuase all of a sudden man, you're in Let's Work - one of Prince's hardest Funk songs! Do Me, Baby is very over the top, supposedly, he had someone in his studio with him, a lady, and well, you know...its Prince.

The videos were creepy too! But I found myself fascinated and mesmerized by Prince's complete charismatic belief in his beliefs! Which were a fusion of religion and sexual freedom as if they were two things you were surmoned to at a Prince sermon. And maybe thats what this is, a Prince musical sermon. The Church of early 80's Punk Funk Prince.

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