13 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After dominating pop charts in the ‘80s, Prince returned to his R&B roots with Diamonds and Pearls, an album that features some of his most undeniably strong singles. The horsepower under the hood is his backing band, The New Power Generation, who bring maximalist urban-jazz opulence (i.e. digital sitar and wind chimes) and glossy, funk-infused grooves. When it connects—as it does on the epic title track or brilliantly raunchy “Cream” and “Gett Off”—it results in some of the catchiest work of his career. His foray into hip-hop, “Jughead”; the shimmering swing of “Strollin’”; and the politically charged “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” demonstrate Prince’s passion for continuing to push boundaries.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After dominating pop charts in the ‘80s, Prince returned to his R&B roots with Diamonds and Pearls, an album that features some of his most undeniably strong singles. The horsepower under the hood is his backing band, The New Power Generation, who bring maximalist urban-jazz opulence (i.e. digital sitar and wind chimes) and glossy, funk-infused grooves. When it connects—as it does on the epic title track or brilliantly raunchy “Cream” and “Gett Off”—it results in some of the catchiest work of his career. His foray into hip-hop, “Jughead”; the shimmering swing of “Strollin’”; and the politically charged “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” demonstrate Prince’s passion for continuing to push boundaries.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

133 Ratings

133 Ratings

Great Album

Mbenz90

One of many great albums. I recommend this album its a classic.

remeber

diz4114

i would sit in my room with the lights off with headphones almost as big as my head
listening to this i think i was 5-6, loveing the quality of the record and i had no idea
of the sexuality on every track. but this is a great album then and now.

still some great stuff

DCPedaler

This began the decades of decline, albums of inconsistent quality and the end of the lines outside the record stores the day a Prince album was released for those of us living 4 the latest Prince collection, but the good songs are some of his best ever, infectious, fun, unabashedly Prince. Live for Love, Walk Don't Walk, Money Don't Matter 2 Night, Strollin', Cream. 90% perfect, but still much appreciated.

About Prince & The New Power Generation

"Welcome to the New Power Generation," announced Prince in "Eye No," the opening song on his 1988 album Lovesexy. Two years later, the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack contained "New Power Generation" with a group of the same name credited as background vocalists. The New Power Generation was featured on Prince's Diamonds and Pearls (1991) and The Love Symbol Album (1992), then went on to release albums credited to the group on its own, such as Goldnigga (a platform for rapping associate Tony M, 1993), Exodus (1995), and New Power Soul (1998), all of which were issued on Prince's NPG label. Despite a couple live albums, contributions to as many NPG label compilations, and a credit on 3121, New Power Generation will always be associated primarily with Prince's early-'90s output. ~ Andy Kellman

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