9 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prince's 1979 self-titled LP lays the framework for his uncompromising style of pop-R&B. Its opening salvo, “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” is an extended synth-funk jam, with falsetto-sung lyrics that are blatant in their sexuality while toying with gender fluidity. “When We’re Dancing Close and Slow” and “Still Waiting" are like seedlings for his later slow-jam perfection. And in its original form here, "I Feel for You” (which Chaka Khan would make a hit in 1984) has a subdued, on-the-corner groove that's deceptively big and live-sounding, considering Prince played and recorded all these instruments himself.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prince's 1979 self-titled LP lays the framework for his uncompromising style of pop-R&B. Its opening salvo, “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” is an extended synth-funk jam, with falsetto-sung lyrics that are blatant in their sexuality while toying with gender fluidity. “When We’re Dancing Close and Slow” and “Still Waiting" are like seedlings for his later slow-jam perfection. And in its original form here, "I Feel for You” (which Chaka Khan would make a hit in 1984) has a subdued, on-the-corner groove that's deceptively big and live-sounding, considering Prince played and recorded all these instruments himself.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
175 Ratings
175 Ratings
devonoco ,

I'd totally marry Prince, and I'm a dude

With his sophomore release, Prince really started to show off some his incredibly prodigious talent. There is a bit of an edge to a lot of his younger stuff which is missing from his later work that I really admire. As usual, he is the sole instrumentalist on the album, but where he really shines is on the guitar, of course. He absolutely shreds on "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?", which may be my favorite Prince song, and of course there is the famous "I Wanna Be Your Lover." I've got this baby on vinyl, and it's one of my prized possessions. A must own for any Prince fan.

StPaulKidd ,

The Artist

There is no bigger influence in music for me than, Prince. Being a Minnesota native, from the St Paul/Minneapolis area, Prince is by far a great everything when it comes to music! The self titled album is a great, great ,great ,great album. He never ceases to amaze me at what ever he does!

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offback ,

prince

''I wana be your lover''.

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