16 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most ambitious and career-defining albums ever recorded by a pop star. From the three-chord melody of “Starfish & Coffee,” to the acoustic guitar hymn of “The Cross,” to the ominous groove of the title track that spoke to the deep anxieties of the late ‘80s, Prince’s operatic songcraft is in full gear. Whether it’s the emotional vulnerability all over the thump of “Hot Thing,” the thunder of “Housequake,” or the sax serenade of “Slow Love,” the album made it clear that Michael couldn’t touch this talent. And once the gender-bending desires of “If I Was Your Girlfriend” climax with “Adore,” arguably the best song Prince ever recorded, the Purple One’s skill for making his most profane desires a spiritual priority is never more irresistible. And a statement of musical immortality has never been this close to perfect.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most ambitious and career-defining albums ever recorded by a pop star. From the three-chord melody of “Starfish & Coffee,” to the acoustic guitar hymn of “The Cross,” to the ominous groove of the title track that spoke to the deep anxieties of the late ‘80s, Prince’s operatic songcraft is in full gear. Whether it’s the emotional vulnerability all over the thump of “Hot Thing,” the thunder of “Housequake,” or the sax serenade of “Slow Love,” the album made it clear that Michael couldn’t touch this talent. And once the gender-bending desires of “If I Was Your Girlfriend” climax with “Adore,” arguably the best song Prince ever recorded, the Purple One’s skill for making his most profane desires a spiritual priority is never more irresistible. And a statement of musical immortality has never been this close to perfect.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
453 Ratings

453 Ratings

Myxzylplyx ,

BLASPHEMY!!!! GREAT ALBUM BUT EDITED CLASSIC SONGS!

How can Apple Music added the "full" version of this classic album with an edited version of one of its centerpiece songs. "I Could Never Take the Place of your Man" is featured here in the three-minute single version, instead of the original 6:29 version. This is a sin. Go out and find the original. It's worth the trip.

Ken Scar ,

100% Pure Funkafied Gold

I can't believe only four people have reviewed this album so far! I still remember reading the reviews when this album dropped - across the board raves. I went see the "LoveSexy" tour a few years after this album came out. It was in the round and Prince was his usual inhumanly talented self - but there was a part of the concert where a white baby grand rose up out of the stage and Prince sat there and played two or three songs, just him and the piano. One of those songs was "Starfish and Coffee". It was utterly charming and inspiring and to this day is one of my all-time favorite concert moments and songs. The guy can do everything that can be done in music - and do it well. "Slow Love" is one of the hottest songs this guy ever recorded, and "Strange Relationship", "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and "Play in the Sunshine" have all become tastier with age. For all of you Christians out there check out "The Cross". I used to love that song back in my Bible-beating days. Prince is just one of those artists that is simply on another level and this album is undeniable proof of that. Wish he would have jammed one of these songs during his Super Bowl performance, but he's so good he didn't need to.

DubyaB ,

Best Ever (Yet)

"I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" is the one song that you play for folks that profess to 'hate' Prince, never tell them who they're listening to, then stand back and watch the incredulity on their faces. Prince is so maddeningly uneven on his later albums, and while his earliest were breathtakingly subversive, they too have become somewhat dated-sounding in places; this one hits squarely in the middle, featuring more updated sounds, aural experimentations, and yet still rocks.

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