October 11, 1992 |
On Prince's latest, the funk is outweighed only by the bunk. So where to begin making sense of this incomprehensible mess? How about with the "caution--genders merging" symbol that is the album's title? Or should our quest begin with the baffling story line of his "fantasy rock soap opera," in which Prince seduces a virginal yet hot-to-trot Middle Eastern princess, i.e., his latest "protegee" ( nudge nudge ), teen-age belly dancer Mayte?
September 29, 1991 |
Remember . . . * Back in 1980 when Prince challenged sexual and social taboos with a bold, inventive album, "Dirty Mind, that established him as the most liberating figure in pop since David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" days a decade earlier? * And back in 1981 and 1982 when he followed "Dirty Mind" with two more works--"Controversy" and "1999"--whose sex 'n' salvation themes continued to tease your imagination?
August 12, 1990 |
When it comes 2 a Prince album, U have a pretty good idea what U're in store 4: Sex, God, brotherhood, more sex, soul, rock and bad spelling. The fun is in finding out exactly what proportions the ingredients come in, and just how commercially and/or controversially the bad ex-boy wonder has blended them into his sometimes psychedelic, always funkadelic stew.
July 22, 1990 |
Billed as "the return of the magnificent seven," this reunion album from the Twin Cities funk-rock fusionaries almost lives up to such hype-hopes. And why not? The main reason the group broke up was that there were simply too many talented people in it--among them singer Morris Day, who went on to have several solo hits, and keyboardist Jimmy Jam and bassist Terry Lewis, who became a mega-platinum production team.
December 24, 1989 |
The Clash's "London Calling" tops The Times critics' poll as the best album of the '80s. The double album, which entered the U.S. charts in the first month of the decade, was a runaway winner, cited on seven of the 13 ballots from The Times' regular pop-music reviewers and registering 47 points under a system that awards 10 points for every first-place mention, nine for second place and so forth. In the diverse voting, 84 different albums were named.