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Old 05-26-2016, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life...



Style: Pop Rock, Funk Rock
Release: 1984
Length: 44 min.

Prince, a worthy and skillful rival to Michael Jackson in the realm of pop, released a film in 1984, and one of the most famous soundtracks in the world. Purple Rain is a great blend of pop rock and funk, synthesing its way through any crazy rhythm Prince puts out. And yes, the album is quite crazy. Unnecessarily synthesized voice-acting finds its way into most of the tracks and intros. A very energetic personality fills the romantic lyrics that only the pleasantly cheesy 80's could bring.

If you don't know what I'm talking about, zip it and watch some 80's dance movie like Dirty Dancing.

Unfortunately, some of the songwriting needs redoing. The album is great thanks to its playful synths, but rarely any song on the album coms close to the quality of the famed opening track, Let's Go Crazy. We do get to start off side B with When Doves Cry, a drum-heavy, simple, easy flowing but rough kind of song. Despite the lack of uniqueness in many songs, many may find something to greatly enjoy about the album because this album is about sheer energy. Everything in the album is energetic and likeable, even if it's flawed. The ending, title track, ie quite beautiful. The soft, romantic, and soothing synths have so much soul to it that it overpowers alost any flaw.

Prince was quite the entertainer, and Purple Rain is his opus that will live on forever. If all other Prince albums are lost in time, Purple Rain is a name that will be remembered. And rightfully so. This is one of the most eccentric albums I know. Well, off to find me more synth funk!

92/100 Not sure about the vote.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The Beautiful Ones is the best track on this imo.

Nice review btw.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:00 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome review! My favorite is Darling Nikki. Wasn't it one of the first songs to be banned from the radio? I have an original vinyl copy of this my mom gave to me that she used to listen to in the '80s, so I love hearing it in that form.

I find a lot of red blooded males are closet fans of Prince so its so refreshing to hear it when a guy can get down with Prince and be proud. My husband is a proud Prince fan too and always tries to hit the high notes/scream/pouts only to epically fail, but its still cute.
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Old 05-28-2016, 10:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a pretty great record. For the time he was pretty innovative when it came to artists. The man was insanely creative and was a breath of fresh air when it came down to popular music at the time when that record dropped.

When it comes down to my favorite songs, the self titled song is my favorite. The guitar work is pretty damn impressive especially when performed live. 'Darling Nicky', 'When Doves Cry' and 'Take Me With You' are pretty great to. **** there are no bad songs on this record it's all pretty solid there's nothing I don't like.
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Awesome review! My favorite is Darling Nikki. Wasn't it one of the first songs to be banned from the radio? I have an original vinyl copy of this my mom gave to me that she used to listen to in the '80s, so I love hearing it in that form.

I find a lot of red blooded males are closet fans of Prince so its so refreshing to hear it when a guy can get down with Prince and be proud. My husband is a proud Prince fan too and always tries to hit the high notes/scream/pouts only to epically fail, but its still cute.
Thanks! Which one got banned?
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Darling Nikki

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Yet the song represented only one on the list of the PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” released the following year. Prince joined Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Twisted Sister and lesser known acts with songs on the list the PMRC called for banning from radio.
Al Gore's wife called for parental advisory stickers on this album because of this song as well.
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Awesome review! My favorite is Darling Nikki. Wasn't it one of the first songs to be banned from the radio? I have an original vinyl copy of this my mom gave to me that she used to listen to in the '80s, so I love hearing it in that form.

I find a lot of red blooded males are closet fans of Prince so its so refreshing to hear it when a guy can get down with Prince and be proud. My husband is a proud Prince fan too and always tries to hit the high notes/scream/pouts only to epically fail, but its still cute.
I didn't know that liking Prince was a thing to keep in the closet? I've got a ton of his albums and just assumed that was par for the course for music nerds.
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The Beautiful Ones

I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm a Star

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The end of Baby I'm a Star >>>
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Nice review of a classic album. Defined that era for sure.
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Love Prince overall and love Purple Rain, though I wouldn't rank it above #5 for him. I'd at least put Around the World in a Day, Lovesexy, Parade and Sign o' the Times above it. Those would be my top four, probably in that order.
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