12 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded as a soundtrack for Prince’s directorial debut, Under the Cherry Moon, Parade melds his deepening funk explorations with a fascination for Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles. The album comes on strong and playful, stripped-back yet bursting with color. There are a handful of classics here in the steel-drum double-dutch of “New Position” and the ‘40s fantasia “Under the Cherry Moon,” but nothing reaches the heights of “Kiss,” which makes more of empty space than most artists make of sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Recorded as a soundtrack for Prince’s directorial debut, Under the Cherry Moon, Parade melds his deepening funk explorations with a fascination for Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles. The album comes on strong and playful, stripped-back yet bursting with color. There are a handful of classics here in the steel-drum double-dutch of “New Position” and the ‘40s fantasia “Under the Cherry Moon,” but nothing reaches the heights of “Kiss,” which makes more of empty space than most artists make of sound.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

nixmandy ,

prince parade album review

This is when people started pulling away from him as fans. It is sad really because they felt they his music was too dramatically different from his previous work up until this point. Fans often forget that most artist are out there to express themselves through their art, unlike most pop stars who are only out there for a buck. I've always enjoyed Prince's artistic endevours and relish his different approaches to music and entertainment. I love this albulm even though it is so far from the approach that he took with Purple Rain and his other work. He keeps it fresh that way.

johnc1970 ,

One of the Funk-Master's most underrated

This album was very underrated and often misunderstood. Very ambitious and different styles were the main-stay of this album. With Kiss being the first single, many thought that the rest of the album would be much of the same radio friendly tunes. Girls and Boys was the only other song to find much success on the airwaves. Many people missed out by not buying this album and tapping into songs such as the beautiful "Sometimes It Snows in April", the ever funky "Anotherloverholenyohead", and the super-funk jam of "New Position". This was the soundtrack to his second movie Under the Cherry Moon which received harsh reviews. Prince will never be mistaken for an Academy Award winning actor, but the movie was definitely artsy, funky, and fun all in one. Did you know that at one time, Prince was the only person who had ever won a Grammy and an Academy Award? Grammy was for Purple Rain and Academy Award was for the musical score for Purple Rain. He might still hold that designation today.

Laz King ,

underapreciated

This album is not ranked among Prince's classic records, but it should be "Mountains," "Sometimes in Snows in April," "New Position" and "Girls & Boys" are some of His Royal Badness' best work.

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