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Almost from the start, Prince’s rock credentials were as strong as his funk ones. But it wasn’t until 1999, his fifth album, that the real commercial crossover began. The masterfully building “Little Red Corvette,” with its New Wave beat and hard-rock guitar solo, was the track that did it. Elsewhere, Prince mixed and matched as he pleased. “D.M.S.R.” (“Dance, music, sex, romance”) is a club banger that brings together a repetitive synth vamp and a classic soul guitar riff. “Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)” is one of his many experiments in minimalism. The back-to-back “Free” and “Lady Cab Driver” are a dizzying display of shifting moods; the former is as content as can be, while the latter is one of Prince’s most existentially angry moments. Finally, “International Lover” signals that the artist isn’t afraid to lampoon either himself or R&B’s love-man conventions. “Screw the masses,” he declares on “D.M.S.R.,” but he was moving ever closer to them while doing it all his way. Next stop: Purple Rain.

Customer Reviews

Album is 5-star - but iTunes edits the title track...

The album is fantastic - but having owned it for 15 years or so I'm disappointed that iTunes is posting this as a complete album, when the title track is clearly the single edit, rather than the superior, complete 6:20 version. Regardless, if you only buy one track, buy DMSR and pump it up load (and repeat).

This was the first Prince album I bought

As a 14 y/o, I thought this was it. Right in the middle of 80's pop, mods, and big hair, I spied this album. The guy at the record store said it was one of the best albums he'd ever heard, not that he was just selling anything. When you think of Prince music, think of the opening to "1999: 'Don't worry I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun.'" This album is fun, especially Delirious, DMSR, Automatic, and Lady Cab Driver.

Still Partying like it's 1999

This has to be one of Prince's masterpiece!! It's good from begining to end. If you get a chance check out D.M.S.R. It's one of Prince's Funkiest songs!!!


Born: June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums, and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince showed remarkable stylistic growth...
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