Prince, Controversy (1981)
Prince’s fourth album, Controversy, has long been one of my favourites. In particular the first side – just three songs, a perfect snapshot of Prince at his best across funk and balladry. Side two gets weird, kinky, crazy – and I like it too. It even gets political. It’s odd and brilliant. Controversy was one of the early albums for me, one of the first CDs I owned by Prince, and if I’m being honest I pretty much forced myself to like a lot of it – but then it started to make sense. I’ve been hooked on this period recently buying Dirty Mind and then returning to buy this new vinyl reissue of Controversy. Somewhere, in one of the crates, I do already have a copy of Controversy but this new version sounds so good. I’ve been playing it almost non-stop. Plus – it comes with a free poster. Which, naturally, is going straight to the pool-room. My favourite thing about Prince – now – is finding all the forgotten/undiscovered gems. Controversy is full of them. A strange, wonderful album. And when I say I’ve been hooked on the one-two of Controversy/Dirty Mind that’s very true but it’s also had me playing a heap of Prince albums again lately. So many great songs. Songs bursting with ideas. So many great albums. Albums bursting with ideas.
Sample Track: Controversy
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