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Prince & The New Power Generation

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  • This album, the 1992 followup to 1991’s “Diamonds and Pearls,” is where the Artist shines beyond anything previous; it is the culmination of all his work up until that point, and it’s a purely joyful musical experience. It encapsulates every genre Prince had adapted — rock, funk, jazz, rap, orchestral, and just plain strange — and it never lets up; it’s a party on a CD. Listen to the musical meltdowns during “The Morning Papers,” “The Max,” “The Continental,” and “The Sacrifice of Victor,” and you’ll understand what I mean. It also contains the notable hits “Sexy MF” and “7.” Though “Purple Rain,” “Sign O the Times” and even “Lovesexy” are perhaps more *important* albums, this one is more polished and fun. If you listen to it enough to pick up on the musical nuances, you’ll find yourself in pure wonderment as to how he even *conceived* of the arrangements, let alone the lyrics; Prince desreves many kudos as producer alone, aside from his performance!). This album was a fairly big success at the time, topping the Billboard charts at #5 (higher than “Sign O the Times”), selling over 1 million copies, and producing the top-ten single, “7″ (which, ironically, peaked at #7 on the singles charts). The only flaw in this album is the “Kirstie Alley/Reporter theme,” which attempts to tell a story, but ends up confusing.Best Songs: “My Name is Prince,” “Sexy MF,” “The Morning Papers,” “Blue Light,” “The Max,” “The Continental,” “7,” “Three Chains O Gold,” “The Flow,” and “Damn U,” (one of his greatest ever ballads).Find this album and cherish it; things changed for Prince after this one — it was so good, he didn’t even follow it up with an album the following year, only a “Greatest Hits” collection. I don’t think that was a coincidence; I’ll bet Prince felt he couldn’t possibly top it for a while. (It wasn’t until 1995 that he released his next purely “new” album, “The Gold Experience,” (1994’s “Come” being more or less a loose contractual obligation) which was absolutely incredible in its own right).

    Posted on December 15, 2009