1999 is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on October 27, 1982, by Warner Bros. Records. It became his first album to be recorded with his band the Revolution. 1999's critical and commercial success propelled Prince to a place in the public psyche and marked the beginning of two years of heightened fame via his following releases.1999 was Prince's first top 10 album on the Billboard 200, peaking at number nine, and was fifth in the Billboard Year-End Albums of 1983. "1999", a protest against nuclear proliferation, was a Billboard Hot 100 top 20 hit, peaking at number 12. It has since become one of Prince's most recognizable compositions. "Delirious" reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Little Red Corvette" peaked at number six, becoming Prince's highest charting US single at the time. "International Lover" was also nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 26th Grammy Awards, which was Prince's first Grammy Award nomination. 1999 received widespread acclaim from critics, and was seen as Prince's breakthrough album. On March 24, 1999, 1999 was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Following Prince's death in 2016, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 and peaked at number seven, besting its original performance on the chart thirty-three years earlier. A re-release and remaster of the album, including 35 previously unreleased recordings, was released in November 2019.1999 has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time by several publications and organizations. The music videos for both "1999" and "Little Red Corvette" received heavy rotation on MTV, making Prince one of the first black artists to be in heavy rotation on the television channel. According to the Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), "1999 may be Prince's most influential album: Its synth-and-drum machine-heavy arrangements codified the Minneapolis sound that loomed over mid-'80s R&B and pop, not to mention the next two decades' worth of electro, house, and techno." It is also included on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2008, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.Wikipedia
did i just have sex with prince?
Funky, Danceable, Emotional, Sexual, and Rockin'.... 1999 is a innovatively groundbreaking album that truly enlightened me in 1982 when Little Red Corvette hit the radio waves on my Sony Walkman while at church camp! Whether I spin it on vinyl, cd, or digitally, I always hear something new that I didn't catch in the past - a word, a beat, a sound, a breath... The deep cuts like Free, Lady Cab Driver, and International Lover are probably my favs. **Missing Prince's 24 song live set (14 of which were covers) at Chicago's City Winery and hearing him perform 1999 while I was stuck in the country 4 hours away, is one of my biggest regrets, IN LIFE. I got an email he was doing a surprise show at the venue after he played the George Lucas wedding reception in Hyde Park. I clicked to purchase a ticket and got through but couldn't go...but I could and SHOULD have. Of course the tickets sold out in seconds after that. https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/prince-performs-at-chicagos-city-winery/1957730/
Amazing funky perfection. Who else can sing "I honestly want to fuck the taste out of mouth" and still sound credible.
Some tracks a bit too long but great overall. Gonna party like it is 1999.
Prince is one of those artist for me that I feel like I'm obliged to like, but I just dont. I feel like I should be walking around jerking all over the place whilst striking various poses. nope, not for me
3/29 I mean... he did that. Standout Tracks: Little Red Corvette, Let's Pretend We're Married, Automatic, Something In The Water (Does Not Compute), Lady Cab Driver, All The Critics Love U In New York
Once again, I accidentally deleted a long, well thought out review. 😕 Doesn’t matter. Giving Prince 5 stars.
Nice beginning but kind of descends into a sex mad frenzy lol
The man is indefatigable. My penis was sore just from listening.
Didn't care much for some of the filler songs in the middle album, but there's still enough good stuff on here to merit at least a low 5, so I'll leave it at that.
An all timer when it comes to the album-quality vs album art ratio.
Might have the best four opening tracks from any album I've listened to so far from this list. Hell, the first two songs alone warrant tagging this thing with a 5. The four opening songs set the mood and flow perfectly into the next one. And then Prince wants to find out who really wants to party. Prince throws the gauntlet down to find out who's down for tantric sex, who's interested in what his idea of an orgy looks like. And even if you come along for the ride only to discover some of it isn't your cup of tea, you'll still end up masturbating in ways you never thought of before. No recording artist understood sex the way Prince did, or at least understood that his audience thought about screwing as much he did. But screwing is the wrong word. It was never just about screwing with Prince. His two previous albums might be better than this one. But Prince understood all that mattered was if the critics loved you in New York.
Prince had some good albums before this one with Dirty mind and Controversy, but this album is the first where his genius as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer is really put on display for the world. Opening with the back-to-back hits “1999” and “Little Red Corvette”, the album propels you into his world of funk and sexuality. “Let’s pretend we’re married” is one of my favorite tracks with its driving synth and descending vocal line melody. “Automatic” feels like an instrumental even with the repeating vocal line. It also has a great guitar solo around the 8-minute mark. “Lady Cab Driver” has another great keyboard lead with a driving funky groove and another classic prince guitar solo. For a double album, listening to 1999 never felt like it was taking forever, or I was waiting for it to end. It’s also an album that totally rewards multiple listens. There is a lot going on here to listen out for.
Dear Prince, The first sign that the woman in “Little Red Corvette” was trouble is that she had a pocket full of Trojans, *some of them used* (emphasis mine). What kind of maniac does *that*? Probably should’ve just called the song “Giant Red Flag” instead.
Really impressive opening set of tracks. Unfortunately, the rest of it can't quite keep up. Best track: Little Red Corvette
I love him but some of these songs are way too long.
Banger central, but like, why are all these songs nine minutes long, what the fuck. What was Prince smoking?
Classic Prince. A couple hits, some good grooves, and a ton of random crap.
Un album très correct de la part d'un des ambassadeurs de l'androgyne-pop. On n'est néanmoins loin des références du genre que sont David Bowie et les New York Dolls. Prince ne fait pourtant pas le travail à moitié avec 1999 en présentant très clairement certains caractères sexuels du sexe opposé. Assez pour mettre en péril la carrière des cadors précités ? Sûrement pas.
9 minutes par ci, 8 minutes par là ... eh gros sayer
I just don't get Prince, there I said it.
Prince has always been a complete bildspot for me. I know barely any of his songs, despite him being this pint-size, purple, megastar. So, being forced to listen to this album, what have I discovered? Well...it's just a load of generic, cheesy 80s nonsense and has filled my heart with nothing. I'm sure at the time it was this exciting, innovative, sexy behemoth, but I couldn't give a fuck about it. And all of the songs are too long. Hit the editing suite, Prince, you little purple nonce.
i don't quite understand why prince is held in such high regard. the two singles are massive and probably his two biggest, but the rest of this album is like a knock of version of the sonic the hedgehog game soundtrack. i couldn't handle listening to it.
Ugh, just so good!
So far ahead of its time. The first musical masterpiece of the digital age? Everything seems to come so naturally to him. Just IMAGINE having this much talent. Scary.
I lived this as well as Purple Rain. Fantastic album!
I was lucky enough to see him live in 2016, only a few weeks before he died. One of the best concerts of my life.
Interesting. Strange. Very sexual.
Great album. Funk. Synths, drum machines. Sample please
grooooooooves. i was surprised at how much i liked even the slower songs.
I hadn't listened to the whole album in maybe 30+ years? It's definitely of an era so it's sound feels a bit dated in parts, but it's really a showcase of what Prince could do when he was just approaching the peak of his fame. There wasn't a lot else like it at the time.
This is an amazing album. I had only heard the singles before but it really shows why Prince was just as amazing as he was.
Pretty much every song can be a banger, each exemplifying the funk that is Prince. Electronic elements, guitar, weird studio effects, and of course the lyrics from Prince himself. All of it lends to a great overall album with wonderful singles in it.
Smooth like silk
Absolutely amazing. Quintessential album from the 80s
- funky, impactful and diverse - but also coherant? - prince blends into the band, strong composing to hide the musicienship
I love Prince
.Great Album. Strong 80's zeitgeist.
Near perfect pop album. Bold, sexual, life and love affirming
This is basically pure 80s and I kinda love it.
A masterpiece in every way
I have never listened to a Prince album, just isolated tracks. This album has a bit of everything from funk, jazz, rock, blues, and electronic influences. Prince is a phenomenal musician and guitar player and I’m excited to dig into his discography more
Oh man, I really, _really_ miss Prince. This album is amazing.
Rating: 9/10 Best songs: 1999, Little red corvette, Automatic, Free, Lady cab driver, All the critics love you
Pretty perfect mix of rock, funk, and Prince-ness.
It's older Prince
Wow, I’d forgotten just how good this album is, with the exception of the last few tracks everyone is a total banger. 5/5
Exactly what the future sounded like from the perspective of 1982. Technically impressive and ridiculously sexy.
I 100% know about Prince because of the Authier family. I credit this to Annie, who introduced me, but I understand the credit should actually go the Kris. Good for her. Bringing hyper-sexualized content like this to her youngest sibling at what was almost certainly not an appropriate age. When Annie and I were listening to this a couple years ago, it dawned on me at that time how filthy Prince's lyrics are. It's wild. I was in my mid-30s and felt it wasn't age appropriate for me...ha. Anyway, it doesn't get better than this, in this genre. For me, it's Prince and Madonna. They are the 80s/early 90s pop music champs.
Prince was a true original, one of the greatest musicians to ever walk the Earth. This album ROCKS
One of the best.
Vibey, too long but imma ignore that
Third times the charm. My favorite Prince album, the one I have on vinyl. I love the energy that carries this project from front to back, so many danceable tunes with pretty long runtimes that fit well with the notion of partying like it's 1999 (the album was released in 1982 so that's 17 years of dancing). He even closes it with a slow song for all the couples in the club tonight. Prince is a hit machine, I forget that sometimes. But listening to this always reminds me. I don't know if this is his "best," that's for a jury to decide. But it's my favorite, and it's my first five-star rating since the last Prince album we reviewed! Favorite tracks: Little Red Corvette, 1999, DMSR, Automatic, International Lover, Delirious. Album art: Truly iconic. Not just my favorite from Prince, but one of my favorites ever. Really love the colors and the Pee Wee Hermanish cartoon font. Just a true classic. 5/5
Alright, I think this is the third Prince album we have had and I can solidly say I am a fan. I liked this better than the last one but I can't decided if I like it more or less than Purple Rain, either way, tons of classics on here like 1999m Little Red Corvette, Delirious and more. Love it!
I hate myself for never listening to this album before today. I've always appreciated Prince's greatest hits with the intention of listening to full albums at some point. This was his breakthrough album, and the first one with his band the Revolution, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get into his music. (Fun fact, "and the revolution" is written backwards in the eye of the I in Prince in the album artwork.) Anyway, what have I been doing with my life before this. This album is SUCH a vibe.
Powerful dance tunes, sick guitar. I can't get over how he wrote 1999 in 1982 as a future party, but my entire life I've understood it as a 'travel back in time' to party vibe, lol. a few low points but killer overall. Probably a 4.5, but I've gotta round up for Minnesota love.
Didn't realize how many hits are on just this one album.
the sprawling genius of Prince - pop and funk and filth and love
Prince impecável. Ouvi 1999 no repeat.
Full transparency - I've been a huge Prince fan my whole life, so I'm pretty biased, but this is just another example of how Prince has always been ahead of his time. I believe many of these songs would be hits if they were released today and not in 1980.
In short ‘1999’ rocks, and funks. It’s Prince’s coming out album to that masses, a big pop cross over hit, but one that still retains his cred (and the funk) as a musician. It sounds of it time, and yet outside of time, the heavy use of synthesizers and the Linn LM-1 drum machine ensuring it always sounds current. What’s also interesting is the thread of desperation and loneliness that runs through the album’s narrative in amongst all the partying, hedonism, sex, and general staring down of the apocalypse. Truly this is the appropriate soundtrack for the end of times….you can dance if you want to.
Prince weird androgynous fragile, rage-y sexually charged music is a beautiful combination of perverted and innovative (not to mention disturbing!). Cool mix of drum machine beats and guitars and vocals that are hysteric (Cyndi Lauper maybe learned something from this). Stand out track is 'Little Red Corvette
I enjoy this album quite a lot, although there are definitely some tracks that are too long and more of a filler than anything else. Little Red Corvette is one of my favourite Prince songs in his catalogue, it's so good.
Funky, sexy and hilarious in equal measure. Pop's glittering sex dwarf at his very best.
One of the real good ones - free to change my mind almost anywhere any time though
Didn't grow up with Prince really, glad to listen to a full album to get a broader sense of his music past the hit singles
All around great album
This album and " Little Red Corvette" were my first introduction to Prince back in 1982. I remember there being a lot of critical praise and publicity which was very well deserved. What a way to start an album: "1999", " Little Red Corvette" and "Delirious." This was his first album with the Revolution. I don't think anyone else is as successful at putting so much "stuff" into each song and making them great. I wouldn't exactly say busy but there is always a lot going on. It's impossible to pinpoint an exact formula to his music but they tend start to with a drum beat/rhythm and then get filled in with vocals, melodies, guitar and everything else. The dominant themes are parties, sex and romance. But, some of the hidden treasure songs are the different ones: "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)" is almost an industrial song and "Free" is a serious song about independence. "D.M.S.R" and " Lady Cab Driver" are two great funky songs. This album shows many different styles, soul, funk, industrial, pop, dance, and you can definitely hear its influence on the future. It also does not sound dated at all. In fact, if it was released today, it would sound fresh. A lot going on and to listen to. It would probably take a week getting into this album to do it justice.
Little Red Corvette is the stand out for me, but this is full to the brim with catchy shit, not a bad song on here.
WOW---was expecting this to be a 2 based on the radio hits I remember from middle school. Prince always made me feel weird and icky back then but I think that was the damn evangelical hometown distain of Prince. Favorite track: Lady Cab Driver.
Classic album in every aspect with singles and non-singles that are equally strong - I would say: Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain and Sign o'the Times are the best four Prince albums.
Other than the first song, I was not blown away.
Some absolutely stonking tracks on here!
Great from start to finish. Funky and fun. Love Little Red Corvette and Lady Cab Driver especially. No notes here. Would give a 4.5 if possible.
That was an experience. All over the place lyrically and musically. Feels experimental in some spots and highly polished in others. I'd never been exposed to anything beyond his radio stuff, so this was extremely cool.
This horned out mf really made some masterful music.
sweet prince x
Fuck yeah, finally! Finally I’m graced with an album from The Purple One, Prince! I mean, c'mon people, this album opens with 3 of Prince's best, most danceable and memorable songs. One minute it's defiant "we're here for a good time" philosophizing, the next its manic desperate horniness boiling over. This album was a seismic shift in the rules of male pop superstardom and a glorious precursor of what was still yet to come from this formidably talented man. Prince has a rapidly sliding scale of moods and energies that take the listener on one hell of a ride. From tenderly suggestive to outright sexual vulgarity, Prince does whatever the fuck he wants, says whatever the fuck he wants, and fucks however the fuck he wants. And the music is always superbly fitting his attitude du jour. Nobody flies their freak flag higher than Prince and it is a spectacle to behold. Utterly unforgettable.
Never was a Prince fan. My loss. At its worst this is a fun creative mess. At its best it’s magical. Strange, unique and mostly mesmerizing.
This album is a lot of fun. The super hits are all at the beginning of the album; however that is does not mean that the other songs are pushovers. It is a great album. This is the third Prince album on the list. I would say that it is behind Purple Rain and Sign O the Times. I will listen to the album again.
It’s Prince. Being iconic af. A GREAT album full of excellent songs. This is just a great album…PERIOD.
great album, very sexy, love the cover art and really want to get more into Prince if you know what i mean.
awooooooga, the sexiest male pop artist of all time even if you've never seen him. what a ride, from experimental to masterful, this album hits it all Idk if there was an itch not scratched but I gotta let it sit with me before saying it's perfect definitely a revisiter. 9.9/10
A classic. The gems are further into the record
As you know, I'm a big Prince fan, and I like his albums previous to this, but "1999" is his first 5 star masterpiece in my opinion. It's where The Revolution really gelled and he perfected his signature Kinn Drum sound that I love so much. It's a double album so a bit self indulgent in places, but that's part of Prince's appeal in a way. He needed to have this manic, no holds barred brainstorm session so he could really explore and push boundaries to get to the point where he could refine that energy on his piece de resistance: Purple Rain.
Great line that, "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999". I danced my way through this album whilst cooking dinner. Love it.
fucking awesome album from what I’ve been hearing from his earlier and later discography, I feel like this album is Prince’s peak whether it’s his best or not, this is still definitely a 10/10 for me
On se kova. Varmaan Princen paras levy.
Iconic, required listening
Beautiful, godlike genius
PRINCE! As I listened, I wasn't entirely sure I've heard this entire album before... I was definitely familiar with the first half of the album. The second half less so... Great album... what's not to love about the first half? As for the second half, I'll probably need a few more listens to fully connect but no matter, that first half makes this album a solid 5!
Whoa! Don't know that I've ever listened to this whole album. I couldn't really connect to Prince when this was new. But grown up me thinks this holds up very well indeed. Superb!
I do love to party like it is 1999!!!
This is a pretty epic album and it's clear how it broke Prince out into stardom. It was probably a bit much for me at the time, as a young teen, but I definitely appreciate and admire it more now.
This has great performances and composition. The branching into a variety of styles and the way Prince makes each song fun and unique give this album a claim to greatness. I wonder about the lengths of some of the songs which can go into the 8 to 10 minute range. At times that seems really cool because of the explorations and funky grooves. But at others you sort of wonder if it was necessary. All in all a one-of-a-kind effort from one of the all time great recording artists.
Prince is amazing isn’t he
Easily the album I’ve enjoyed the most in this project. It was nearly all killer and even the bits I thought were filler on the 1st listen might grow on me on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th listen. Having never listened to Prince before, consider me a fan.
All time great album
I thought it was starting to drag then I hit the funktastic All The Critics. Only the purple one can get away with that stripped down repetitive groove. If you can get an over 60 white man dancing you must have something. But I think International Lover is my new favourite song. I smiled, then giggled, then bellowed with laughter. He is that naughty little boy who keeps getting away with it. So much fun. I decided to re-listen because I needed to decide if this was worth four or five stars. That bass on Lady Cab Driver, perfect mix of '70s and '80s funk. Then it gets into that rocky little jam that becomes a full on shred. Oh yeah!
Finally some good fucking food
A great big synthesized sexscape. 'International Lover' is hilarious and haunting—I think that's an impressive combination.
Exhilarating thrill ride from Prince, who fully embraces synths and drum machine creating a futuristic dance soundscape. Kinky as f, Prince goes places no other singer would dare.
Early introduction to this: my sister had it on double vinyl in the mid-80s, with its inner sleeve images, one in full Band Picture Day regalia with the Revolution, the other a boudoir photo featuring The Artist in bed with watercolors, his cute butt (mostly) concealed by tastefully arranged satin sheets. Which is neither here nor there, other than that format suits this sprawling masterpiece, less focused and more self-indulgent (but in that fantastic Prince way he totally got away with) than the imminent pop missile of Purple Rain, not a song under four minutes, four songs over seven minutes, full power Prince on display: the unearthly range, wild shifts in voice and vibe, able to hold the cutting edge of new wave synthesizer pop then just jam in however much deeply authentic funk soul. Dirty as hell and funny to boot.
The first three songs on the album are classics and amazing! It was fun to listen more closely to what the rest of the album offers
Such a great album!
I have this on cassette.
Need a re listen, first couple tracks are the strongest (1999, little red corvette)
A classic, king of Minnesota.
Good one, many interesting and new songs I didn't know earlier
Some decent songs. Not my favorite Prince record
The first of an incredible run of albums..
Good album. Much better than the last one I listened to. Lots of good dancey tunes, some odd lyrics but that's expected.
For lange sanger
Maybe the best three-song start to any album ever? Don't think I ever appreciated how prolific and talented Prince was when he was alive.
Little red corvette!!
Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 17/20 Bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =70 Lovely stuff
Trip down nostalgia lane. Love the funk! Some songs were much longer than I remember.
Was an amazing album for the time, but the song length no longer fits with modern music standards.
A masterpiece of early-to-mid-80s, funky R&B.
Les 2 premieres sont des classique et l’album se merite un 4 pour cela. Et aussi pour son facteur de reecoute. Cependant les tounes s’allongent a la fin et l’album de 1h10 c’est beaucoup d’ecoute pour du drum machine.
Fresco, personal, talentoso.
Pop-rock noventero muy animado
1999 into Little Red Corvette is great 1-2. Delirious is a lot of fun, cool album
"1999" Publicado: 24 de septiembre de 1982 "Little Red Corvette" Publicado: 9 de febrero de 1983 "Delirious" Publicado: 17 de agosto de 1983 "Automatic" Publicado: agosto de 1983 "Let's Pretend We're Married" Publicado: 23 de noviembre de 1983
Probably to 3 of Prince albums
Would be 3.5 if I could do half stars
All the critics love U in New York probably my favourite track. Great album.
I can't stop thinking about the number of people danced to the second half of this album and the number of children conceived while second half of it were playing! Sexy, genius, sexy, elaborated, sexy and greatly produced..
overall good for that era.
In conclusione: Quando è partito il primo pezzo ero un po' preoccupato che questo album fosse un po' più acerbo e modaiolo. Fortunatamente sono stato smentito, questo album è sicuramente un crescendo. Nonostante i suoni siano i pieni suoni di synth anni 80 che tutti abbiamo imparato ad odiare, la personalità di Prince e la sua bravura compositiva riescono a mettere in secondo piano pure sto fatto in molti casi e il risultato è la full Prince experience, sbroccata al punto giusto. L'unica nota negativa è probabilmente legata ai testi monotematici per tutto il disco. C'è da dire però che in vari pezzi nonostante sfioriamo livelli espliciti alla Notorious BIG (ce l'ho fatta pure qui a nominarlo) Prince è così simpatico che non dà per niente fastidio anzi, quando ti invita a salire a bordo al suo Prince 747 to Romance e "in case of excitement you may use your secretions as a floating device" comunque te la fa prende bene. Alcuni pezzi su tutti secondo me svettano comunque, tipo Lady Cab Driver o Something In The Water. Comunque 4 pieno.
In 1999, I did not party as much as should have to this
I’ve never listened to this record the whole way through before, and it was (mostly) a blast. Compared to other albums of his from this era, this one was maybe a little underdeveloped. A good number of tracks are essentially riffs that stretch out longer than necessary - possibly awesome live, but this is a record. I prefer the radio edit of the title track, not included here, which cuts out the very beginning and end of the song (which nobody wants to hear). Another good double LP that would be a killer single LP.
Very good. Especially 1999
It's not my favorite Prince album, but that doesn't make it any less of a classic. I've always thought MJ was overrated anyways. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
Synthesisers and drum machines with Prince rocketing towards his peak. What's not to love?
Good album, not entirely my thing however. Also the more eccentric lyrics, such as the panicked woman at the end of D.M.S.R., definitely left me confused and wondering what the intent was.
Soulful, intimate rock.
This album is the embodiment of most of 80s pop. It's got simple drum loops, an infectious "dance feeling", and vocals that more or less fit the theme. There's a bit of a looming feeling in the words throughout the album, but the feel-good backing rarely dwells on it. Favorite track: Delirious
Loved it. A couple that surprised me with how on the nose they were mixed in with classics.
a step down from purple rain but still real good
This would be a five star album if it weren't so bloated. Still a fantastic, classic album, but it really starts to drag as it goes on...
4.1 + Starts with two mega-hits that endure on pop radio - "1999", "Little Red Corvette." Both bangers. The middle is a quirky blend of synthesized funk with some extended jams that include interesting monologues, often chock-full of sex talk. "Lady Cab Driver" is a curious one - he's listing various injustices that anger him while pounding that pussy. The album kind of ends with a whimper. Some highs, some lows, some confusing parts. It's colorful and varied and funky and alive.
I dunno. It’s fun and it’s Prince.
Prince vient une nouvelle fois prouver le théorème suivant: Plus la féminité d'un artiste du générateur est importante, plus ce dernier a de chances de proposer un bon album. J'en appelle donc à tous mes lecteurs: lorsque la fonction commentaires sera rendue disponible sur notre site favori, merci de me propsoer votre liste de chanteurs effeminés.
Funky and still fresh. The beginning of the album is a little poppier and more casual-listener-friendly, but this still sparkles today.
Making sleazy and creepy cool - the Purple One just fucking fucks. That one two three punch of the first three tracks is kissing your neck, whispering in your ear and tickling your arsehole... and he smuggled a dick on the cover. Best Tracks: 1999; Little Red Corvette; Delirious
He ain't MJ but he's pretty good.
This is how you use drum machines properly. Never dull, doesn't drag, chilled and fun through. The model of many an imitation, but it still stands. Slightly more adventurous instrumentals may have suited the lyrical edge, but not the mood.
Pretty good! No songs I disliked but nothing that stood out too much. Would definitely listen again!
This album is a build-up towards the most uncomfortable moan. Jokes aside is it possible not to groove listening to this ? no
This needs multiple listens imo. Really enjoyed a lot of the instrumentals. 1999: Leo pointing meme I know this song Delirious: Brody Quest Vibes DMSR: did daft punk sample this? 6:05 bass drum beat Automatic: Leo pointing meme 2 electric boogaloo Biggest complaint is that songs are very long and not enough changes for my personal tastes, this is fine on some songs like international lover, but not on automatic
There's a lot to like about this album. I only knew the hits and I definitely enjoyed most of the rest. It's a little longer than I think it needs to be and some of the lyrics are just awkward ("I wanna f*** the taste out of your mouth"?? Really?). Favorite tracks: 1999 (even though the synths are a little dated, it's still a classic. I really liked the extended outro that you don't get to hear in the single), Little Red Corvette, Delirious, D.M.S.R. (just makes you want to get up and dance...unfortunately, I'm too lazy and you don't want to see me dance anyway), and Lady Cab Driver (good funky song, but I could do without the sex moaning).
I had forgotten how many of these songs I had heard before. My sister was big into Prince for a while, so I imagine she played this tape in our room. I never really got into it at the time, but I should have appreciated his musicianship. I mean... WOW. The first three tracks are definite hits that were played over and over on the radio, but the others are just as solid. Truly a talent, gone too soon.
Not his very best. But it’s still Prince!
Prince is awesome, but (just one critique) this album could have been shorter. Some of the songs get a bit repetitive after minute 6 or so. Still, he's one of the greatest all-around musicians, songwriters, producers, performers, and cool guys ever.
It's Prince! That's a statement by itself. Prince set the bar in his own variety of extremely suggestive funk. It is undeniably extremely fun and catchy. All of the radio hits retain are just as fun as ever, and songs that are less often remembered, like Something in the Water, are just as fun as the radio hits. Perhaps I'm more prudish than most, but I didn't see the "genius" in the sex obsession in Prince's music. I just felt like the music was shallow, approaching lecherous. But even if don't consider this to be a good moral code, you can still enjoy the album intensely. I did.
Classic. not as good as Purple Rain, but pretty damn good.
An album that evoked the future, now the past, but lives perfectly in the time it was created. Prince exists outside of our earthly constructs, even when he was on earth. I'd give it 5 stars, but I'm reserving that for Purple Rain, which I assume is on this list.
Toppenalbum, lite framtung och bränner alla top tier bangers direkt i min åsikt. Bra sound, piggt och energetiska effekter och trummaskin med undantaget Little Red Corvette, finns det någon anledning varför sången är så jävla RÖV? Känns som ett så himla kulturförlust i stil med när Notre Dame brann ner att en av världens bästa låtar är inspelad på en Gameboy Advance. Är tyvärr ingen TRVE Price head men uppskattar mainstreamgrejjerna och detta album sitter på ungefär hälften av de låtar jag lyssnar på vad det gäller Prince. Tycker dock inte resten av albumet håller samma skyhöga swag som de inledande 3 låtar. Automatic är toppen dock... Det är ju FEL att säga att resten är 'filler' men ger lite den känslan. Snudd på femma men gillar inte resten lika mycket som inledningen.
This is a fun one! I like it
Not bad, some songs were a lil long
Very 1980s sound for 1999. Heavy synth, voice effects, electro drum beats. Funky at times such as dsmr. Strong lead and backup vocals including duet to start 1999. Lyrics focus on sex, wealth and parties with lurking sub text of violence, destruction, end of days. 1999, Delerious, DSMR, little red corvette
A high 4 for sure!
On the one hand, I can see what so many people absolutely love Prince. On the other, it's just not for me. I can get into the most intense/best songs like the title track and Lady Cab Diver, but so many track just have nothing to hook me in.
Funky. Calling this record "horny" is a gross understatement. A little indulgent in certain spots, but if you get caught into the groove, it's tough to shake it. Favorite tracks: "Little Red Corvette", "Delerious", "Let's Pretend We're Married"
the electronic 80s sound of funk is too synthetic. I prefer the 70's warm sound. But Prince's song writing and coolness is endless.
I didn't know how raunchy this album would be. The first four tracks are the best. Arguably too good, as the rest of the record doesn't seem to hit the same highs. I'm not going to go into detail because The Purple One needs no explanation. My one gripe is that some of the songs were a little too long, though.
An hour straight of dance bangers. Killer grooves throughout, with a healthy dose of shredding here and there, when necessary. Favorite Tracks: "1999", "Little Red Corvette", "Let's Pretend We're Married", "D.M.S.R.", "Lady Cab Driver", "International Lover"
1999 - super catchy and fun, with enveloping synths and wicked guitar lines. the odd vocals near the end give off a Ween sensibility, which makes sense when you consider how much the band was inspired by Prince Little Red Corvette - the chorus makes up immensely for the subpar verses, with powerful background vocals and a glimmering synth-funk instrumental. Delirious - a bit less grandiose than the last two tracks, with interesting synth sounds that elevate a cute song about the excitement of love Let's Pretend We're Married - Prince's performance does a lot for this track, paired with the dark and bass-heavy instrumentation that still carries the shimmering quality of the other tracks. The length of the songs doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would, as the band does a good job of keeping the motifs engaging. D.M.S.R. - punchy and funky, very carefree Automatic - i like the driving call-and-response with the guitar and synths, and i live for the one accented bass note that comes around every phrase. it does feel repetitive in the first third, and most of the tracks so far fall into the trap of greatly benefiting from a tonal and/or sonic switch-up. Something in the Water (Does Not Compute) - frantic drums and off-putting synth lines that grow into a psychedelic heartbreak ballad. I don't care for Prince's spoken passages on this track, and the odd sensibility of the song as a whole isn't my favorite. Free - revisit Lady Cab Driver - yeah it's good, instrumental break has a lot of good shredding and walls of synths International Lover - a passionate closer
I mean, it's a classic with banger after banger. It's Prince. What else is there to say? So many sex songs. Again...it's Prince. How could you expect anything less? I guess this makes me a basic bitch, but I love 1999 (my fave track). I wish we could party like it's 1999 because partying like it's 2022 usually means lots of lonely drinking and masking up. #COVIDproblems Anyway, thank you, Prince, for making my COVID-19 experience a COVID-1999 experience, even if it was only for a little while.
very cool and interesting quite funky i like
Fun album...never fully appreciated Prince until the last few years. Super musicianship with fun poppy tunes. 3.5/5
As the opening strains of the album started creeping out of my speakers, my initial reaction was very negative. Those super dated synths are just so cringe. But the thing about Prince is that he's brilliant and, by the end of the record, I was just bopping along with him, enjoying the heck out it. Princes music isn't timeless. I is, however, perfectly timely. Every album seems to be a perfect distillation of the cutting edge trends in music at that exact moment. And then Prince, being Prince, takes everything up several notches with his immaculate musicianship and consummate showmanship. I'm shocked, but this is an effortless 4-star album after all.