Prince, Graffiti Bridge (1990)
The film – a fucking mess, aiming at being some sort of “spiritual” sequel to the Purple Rain movie – was bloody hard to sit through a second time, the first time I was young and such a fan I went with it, even though it was ludicrous. But I’ve always rather liked the soundtrack/standalone album Graffiti Bridge. Well, parts of it…it works better as a double album than a long/ish-playing CD. That’s for sure. Seeing a video of 1990’s Nude Tour announced the song, The Question of U as a live highlight, and of course the project’s big single, Thieves in the Temple, was a selling point – still a great song. In these first few days since the news I’ve been reaching for almost anything other than Prince to play…but it’s hard because, apart from anything, I still (always) listen to Prince albums a lot. Often. Most days…So I’m taking my comfort in revisiting the albums that failed somewhat, or are deemed failures by most, that of course still have wee gems hiding in there. Prince’s (often brilliant) mistakes in some ways revealed more about him. First thing I looked for to play in the immediate wake was this double album, am glad to have it. It has a side and a half of bangers. And a few other curios in there too.
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