|1. Sign 'O' The Times|
|2. Play In The Sunshine|
|4. Ballad Of Dorothy Parker|
|6. Starfish and Coffee|
|7. Slow Love|
|8. Hot Thing|
|9. Forever In My Life|
|1. U Got The Look|
|2. If I Was Your Girlfriend|
|3. Strange Relationship|
|4. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man|
|5. The Cross|
|6. It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night|
Sign 'O' the Times...Brilliant!! This 2-disc set is wonderful, I'm beginning to go listen to it right now! He is so brilliant, you'll be blinded by his talent! He is such a great songwriter and singer and more, and I really appreciate him.
This album is a mix of rock, R&B, and pop. It is put together wonderfully with a love song or slow jam at the end of each CD (like he usually does). Among my favorites are "Starfish & Coffee" so mellow and entertaining in a kiddy sorta way. Your inner child comes out after listening to that one! "Slow Love" and it's Sly and the Family Stone meets The Beatles funk--I love it! Forever in my Life...wow...makes me wanna be one of the many women he had! "U Got the Look", man, dance on, dance on, dance on! "Strange Relationship", baby! So cute, so well done Prince (or Camille? LOL). And "Adore", like my girl Alicia Keys, I love it, great ending song.
I got lost in my music for a moment, but I really recommend it to you guys. You don't have to be a huge Prince fan (like myself) to enjoy it. Trust me!
BUY IT AND BE AMAZED!
With Prince's recent comeback I decided to go buy what everyone says is his best album, and I wasn't disappointed. He delivers here from beginning to end. The album never runs out of gas.
I wasn't turned off by the "80s synths" either. It has a great retro feel to it. And some of the songs (The Ballad of Dorothy Parker, Starfish and Coffee, The Cross) haven't aged AT ALL.
I realized that a lot of this sounds like the template to what would become 90s R & B and pop (Outkast anyone?)
Probably the most thought-provoking song (Even more that the title track) is "If I Was Your Girlfriend", which is about a lot of sex with no love. For most of the song, Prince's crude, crazy, helium-voiced alter ego, Camille (it's amazing what speeding up vocal tracks can do) drops flippid comments like "Would you let me help dress you" and "Can't I see you undress?" until suddenly at the end, everything speeds up and explodes, and all that's left is Camille saying "Then we can imagine what silence looks like." The melody and hook disappear, and all that's left is the chilling beat, symbolizing the empty sex that Camille just had.
On other songs he doesn't think too much about those things, like on IT, which is about doing IT, "all the time."
But, to offer my opinion, the best track here is "the ballad of Dorothy Parker." It sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, but most of all, seems like it's about resisting the temptation of a beautiful woman when you got a beautiful woman at home. Prince showcases great vocals, as he croons and swoons for 4 minutes and "takes two baths."
P.S. about "Camille." Camille is given credit for sevaral of the lead vocals and is even thanked by Prince in the liner notes.Read more ›