Music CD - 1981
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Published: [Burbank, CA] : Warner Bros., p1981.
Branch Call Number: CD POP/ROCK PRINCE
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (38 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, 1.4 m/s, stereo, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda


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Feb 24, 2017

Man, 2016 was rough for great musicians. The year began with Bowie's death and ended with Leonard Cohen. In between, we lost Prince. While his presence was more low-key than it was in his brilliant 80s heyday, during which his inventiveness seemingly knew no bounds, he was still a prolific, influential, beloved artist. Just showing up as himself on "The New Girl" was enough to make people happy. 1981's "Dirty Controversy" was his fourth album in as many years and, while it doesn't scale the heights of "Purple Rain" or "1999," it showcases a lot of the elements that would bring him fame. Almost entirely performed, written, and produced by Prince (a few pre-Revolution members help out), "Controversy" offers up a mix of slick, sexy funk, slow jams, and those occasional weird songs that don't make sense, but still kind of work ("Annie Christian"). As with "Dirty Mind," sex is all over this album; you just have to look at the song titles: "Sexuality," "Do Me, Baby," "Jack U Off." It also has one of his most political songs, "Ronnie, Talk to Russia." "1999" and world conquest was next.


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