Prince, Lovesexy (1988)
The two things that killed this album – I’m guessing, here – were the cover and the fact that, prepared for the CD-age, it was all one track, one single 45-minute song-medley. If you had the tape or LP that didn’t matter so much. Also of course it followed an incredible run, arguably from 1982-1987; so many great singles, albums – a movie. And the side-projects were flowing too. Prince was everywhere, doing everything. And then Lovesexy killed the momentum. A great shame really because it’s a pretty fantastic record. Its flipside, The Black Album – a bootleg that would later see an official release – is a pretty fantastic record too. And maybe, just maybe, the best plan would be to combine elements of both. That said there’s nothing really ghastly-awful on Lovesexy (besides the cover). And there are plenty of superb songs here that seem to be all but forgotten – guess that’s what happens when you have so many shit-hot songs in your first decade of work. I love this album – and I always have. I don’t think the rot really set in any way for Prince until Graffiti Bridge. Even Diamonds And Pearls is a bit of a stinker – all of the singles from it were superb though, so that saved it. But I’d listen to Lovesexy over either of those any day. Lovesexy has hints of Parade and Controversy and Dirty Mind about it; just hints, mind. And those are all killer-good records if you ask me. Which you didn’t. But then, you kinda did really. (Thanks, as always, for reading).
Sample Track: I Wish U Heaven
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