Sign O the Times
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Out-of-print in the US. 2 CD set. Warner. 1987.
It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R&B. In between, the artist who was still calling himself Prince unfurls an encyclopaedia of moods, genres and grooves. Widely heralded as a groundbreaker in 1987, when it was released, some of the music in oh-so-80s synths sounds a bit dated. Yet this double- length set is clearly the sound of a performer at the height of his power. On songs like the title track, "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and the thunderous "The Cross", Prince proves why the hype was justified. --Amy Linden
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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."
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Sign 'O' the Times is undoubtedly one of the best albums you'll ever hear!! I got introduced to so much because of this man here. His music is great and he deserves praise for it!
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!
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If Purple Rain is Prince at his tightest and most focused, Sign of the Times is Prince as his most eclectic. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Too Much Free Time
Yeah, no doubt a masterwork of musical pop artistry.... but hearing it today in full strikes me very simarly to 1987..such a 'tinny' sound for the funk/soul/pop genre. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by tim morrison
THIS IS ANOTHER MUST HAVE ALBUM BY PRINCE. I LOVE THIS WHOLE ALBUM. I REMEMBER WHEN THIS ALBUM HAD CAME OUT. I LIKE AND ENJOY THESE SONGS ONT HIS ALBUM. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by A. R SCOTT
The word "masterpiece" tends to be overused in today's critical circles, yet there is no better way to describe Prince's "Sign 'O' the Times" (1987). Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Scott T. Rivers
Prince put his foot in this one, as my grandmother would say regarding some well cooked food...and a well brewed set this album was. Read morePublished on March 16 2004 by L. Hendricks
Purple Rain was a very exciting heads up to me as an eclectic teenage pop picker and dedicated David Bowie fan way back at the end of the 1980s. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2004