Written, produced, arranged, and performed by that little old funkmaster, Controversy hit stores in 1981 and still rocks 17 years later. As the title suggests, the subject matter Prince tackles here was meant to spark discussion. From the nasty anthems "Sexuality" and "Do Me Baby", to the slice of '80s political commentary "Ronnie Talk to Russia" and "Annie Christian," Prince does just that. Oh, and he doesn't forget about the booty either, making this the ultimate agit-prop, sex-you-up soundtrack. --Amy Linden
to think that this album appeared back in 1981 and we are still talking about it. That's a real testament about this huy's work. This is what today's people are attempting to sound like but never will. In a world that can be rather unflinching and colorless Prince's Controversy put a little fucion unto the landscape then. The album that would come before 1999 has so much to offer than just great songs. In a blink it could be easy to miss out on its gems such as Do Me Baby and Let's Work. Do Me Baby is the first and perhaps the only ballad that really elevates the music with it's careful orchestration and simple piano. This song just invites for an evening of champagne and candles. It's edited version need not apply since Prince always makes the album cut so much more interesting. There is so much layering and additional stuff. Don't miss out on the title cut which at this point Prince was mastering. His next few albums would open with more specialized title cuts (i.e. 1999, Around the World In A Day, and Purple Rain)enough to make your mouth water. The dance beats on this album are just so conatgious for your soul and feet. Try keeping from dancing to Let's Work, laugh silly to Jack u Off. The last two cuts in this album are bit confusing in that Annie Christian is a little dated. Ronald Reagan and John Lennon? And Ronnie Talk to Russia. That does not matter it is good to the last drop!