Prince – Controversy

ARTIST: Prince                                                  prince_controversy

TITLE:  Controversy

YEAR RELEASED: 1981

CHART ACTION: #21

SINGLES: Controversy (#70, #3 R&B, #1 Dance), Let’s Work (#104, #9 R&B), Sexuality, Do Me, Baby

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Jack U Off

LINEUP: Prince, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Bobby Z. Prince did almost everything though.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After the advances of his last two records, Prince seems to stall in place with an album filled mostly about sex, again, with a couple of weird things to keep you off guard.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Prince mined the same territory as his Dirty Mind album for a lot of his record (all of side one, plus  a couple on side two). Sonically, it’s almost the same as well, with some hot funk, one of his best slow-jam sex ballads (“Do Me. Baby”).

There’s nothing wrong at all with songs like “Controversy” or the brilliant “Let’s Work”, it seems that Prince was content at this time to keep things about the same. Well, except for a couple of tracks.

The one problematic one for me is “Annie Christian”, which seems just odd, and lyrically is kind of disturbing and oblique. It may have some deeper meaning (no doubt it does), but for me it just stops the album cold and the last track can’t get the mojo back.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The last track, “Jack U Off”, is a mini-revolution recording with Dr. Fink, Lisa Coleman, and Bobby Z. along with Prince.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B+: A track can ruin a record, or at least make it less essential.

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