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1999

Prince

1982

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1999

Rating

3.6

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did i just have sex with prince?

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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/

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5

Amazing funky perfection. Who else can sing "I honestly want to fuck the taste out of mouth" and still sound credible.

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4

Some tracks a bit too long but great overall. Gonna party like it is 1999.

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5

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

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5

💜

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Nice beginning but kind of descends into a sex mad frenzy lol

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5

It’s good

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5

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.

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5

An all timer when it comes to the album-quality vs album art ratio.

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5

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.

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Really impressive opening set of tracks. Unfortunately, the rest of it can't quite keep up. Best track: Little Red Corvette

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I love him but some of these songs are way too long.

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3

Banger central, but like, why are all these songs nine minutes long, what the fuck. What was Prince smoking?

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3

Classic Prince. A couple hits, some good grooves, and a ton of random crap.

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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.

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The man is indefatigable. My penis was sore just from listening.

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I just don't get Prince, there I said it.

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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

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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.

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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.

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5

Ugh, just so good!

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5

incredible

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5

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.

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5

I lived this as well as Purple Rain. Fantastic album!

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5

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.

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5

Interesting. Strange. Very sexual.

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5

Great album. Funk. Synths, drum machines. Sample please

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5

It's Prince

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5

grooooooooves. i was surprised at how much i liked even the slower songs.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

It’s Prince

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5

Smooth like silk

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5

Absolutely amazing. Quintessential album from the 80s

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5

- funky, impactful and diverse - but also coherant? - prince blends into the band, strong composing to hide the musicienship

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I love Prince

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5

.Great Album. Strong 80's zeitgeist.

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5

Near perfect pop album. Bold, sexual, life and love affirming

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This is basically pure 80s and I kinda love it.

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5

A masterpiece in every way

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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

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5

Excellent listen

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5

Oh man, I really, _really_ miss Prince. This album is amazing.

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: 1999, Little red corvette, Automatic, Free, Lady cab driver, All the critics love you

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5

Pretty perfect mix of rock, funk, and Prince-ness.

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5

It's older Prince

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5

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

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Great album

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Fantastic!!!

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5

Exactly what the future sounded like from the perspective of 1982. Technically impressive and ridiculously sexy.

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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.

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Prince was a true original, one of the greatest musicians to ever walk the Earth. This album ROCKS

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5

One of the best.

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5

Vibey, too long but imma ignore that

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5

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

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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!

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5

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.

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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.

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5

Once again, I accidentally deleted a long, well thought out review. 😕 Doesn’t matter. Giving Prince 5 stars.

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5

Didn't realize how many hits are on just this one album.

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5

the sprawling genius of Prince - pop and funk and filth and love

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5

Prince impecável. Ouvi 1999 no repeat.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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

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5

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.

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5

Funky, sexy and hilarious in equal measure. Pop's glittering sex dwarf at his very best.

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5

One of the real good ones - free to change my mind almost anywhere any time though

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5

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

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All around great album

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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.

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5

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.

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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.

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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.

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5

Other than the first song, I was not blown away.

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SUPER GOOD

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5

Some absolutely stonking tracks on here!

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5

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.

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Brilliant

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5

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.

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Good sound

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5

Holy ahh

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5

This horned out mf really made some masterful music.

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4

Need a re listen, first couple tracks are the strongest (1999, little red corvette)

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4

A classic, king of Minnesota.

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Banger

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4

Good one, many interesting and new songs I didn't know earlier

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4

Some decent songs. Not my favorite Prince record

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4

The first of an incredible run of albums..

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Is good

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4

PRINCE

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4

Good album. Much better than the last one I listened to. Lots of good dancey tunes, some odd lyrics but that's expected.

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For lange sanger

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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.

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Prins

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Little red corvette!!

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Production: 13/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 17/20 Bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =70 Lovely stuff

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4

Trip down nostalgia lane. Love the funk! Some songs were much longer than I remember.

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4

Was an amazing album for the time, but the song length no longer fits with modern music standards.

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A masterpiece of early-to-mid-80s, funky R&B.

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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.

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4

Fresco, personal, talentoso.

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4

Nada mal!

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Pop-rock noventero muy animado

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4

1999 into Little Red Corvette is great 1-2. Delirious is a lot of fun, cool album

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"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

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Probably to 3 of Prince albums

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Funky

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great

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4

Would be 3.5 if I could do half stars

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Yeah Baby!

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4

All the critics love U in New York probably my favourite track. Great album.

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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..

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overall good for that era.

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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.

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In 1999, I did not party as much as should have to this

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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.

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4

Very good. Especially 1999

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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.

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Synthesisers and drum machines with Prince rocketing towards his peak. What's not to love?

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4

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.

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4

Soulful, intimate rock.

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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

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4

Loved it. A couple that surprised me with how on the nose they were mixed in with classics.

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4

a step down from purple rain but still real good

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4

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...

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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.

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4

I dunno. It’s fun and it’s Prince.

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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.

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4

Funky and still fresh. The beginning of the album is a little poppier and more casual-listener-friendly, but this still sparkles today.

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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

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He ain't MJ but he's pretty good.

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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.

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4

Pretty good! No songs I disliked but nothing that stood out too much. Would definitely listen again!

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4

This album is a build-up towards the most uncomfortable moan. Jokes aside is it possible not to groove listening to this ? no

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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

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4

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).

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4

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.

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4

Not his very best. But it’s still Prince!

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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.

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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.

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4

Classic. not as good as Purple Rain, but pretty damn good.

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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.

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4

Lovely stuff

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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.

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4

This is a fun one! I like it

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4

Not bad, some songs were a lil long

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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

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A high 4 for sure!

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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.

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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"

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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.

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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.

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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"

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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

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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.

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very cool and interesting quite funky i like

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Fun album...never fully appreciated Prince until the last few years. Super musicianship with fun poppy tunes. 3.5/5

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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.

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Great first half. Less great 2nd half. But overall very good

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Zašt men nitko nije reko da je Prince ovolko dobar?

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That's a proper party album. Another artist I've grown to be a bigger fan of over time and appreciate what he's done.

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The funk is forever, but the keys sound a bit dated. Of the big hits, only "Little Red Corvette" really works for me. "DMSR" is a plus-plus track and side 2 – especially the moderated, non-hits "Free" and "Lady Cab Driver" and "All the Critics Love You" and "International Lover" – are strong adds, better than I remember. 3.8 but rounding up because of the body of work.

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I love prince and I really like this album doesn’t have all of his best songs on it but it’s still a super good album except for a couple songs at the end

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What a weird, funky, horny album. I like that even though a lot of the music is synth-heavy dance music, none of it feels overly processed and robotic like the majority of pop and club music today. There's an organic quality and an off-kilter energy that runs throughout the album. The songs feel alive and unpredictable. I didn't know Prince was so filthy and funny. I can't get enough of that spoken word portion in "Lady Cab Driver" where he has sex with the cab driver and dedicates his thrusts - at first to personal resentments and societal ills and eventually getting abstract as he melts into an orgasm. Really hilarious, strange stuff. And wow, what a performance on the closer, “International Lover.” It’s a supremely cheesy song and he does some kind of character or parody on it but he has incredible range as a singer.

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It was Prince! No complaints.

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Enjoyed this a lot. Love the future-proofing that Prince deployed with 1999. Not sure Busted will do so well with Year 3000

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Funky and enjoyable, with some weirder moments here and there. Very long, and probably doesn't need that length.

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God, I'm such a prude. Felt a little uncomfy with how Prince was singing to me LOL. Standout tracks: Little Red Corvette & Something In The Water (Does Not Computer)

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This is one of those things that was always there... never considered myself a Prince fan and yet lots of tracks have wheedled into my life. And those first three, come on...1999, Little Red Corvette and Delirious (which I only recalled from a Cheech and Chong film) are all classics. so maybe I am just an avid listener if not a fan.

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He has such a recognizable style and voice. I feel seduced by Prince a little bit, it really does spiral into some real sexual songs. There's definitely some great songs, though some went on a bit long.

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Prince made bangers. It’s been known

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yo prince va hårt???!!

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This album starts out on fire but I think there’s a bit of filler in the latter part. Still it’s a great combo of funk, soul, pop and good old rock and roll.

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An almost all-time classic. A bit uneven, and at times sprawling, but the highs are glorious.

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Some of the songs were too poppy for me but overall I liked it. The last song was my favorite

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Great album, very ahead of its time

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Prince is to 1980s party music what SHACK is to child snatching - the sexiest in the business.

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Lovely to listen back to. Properly classic

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El primer pas de la conquesta del món del pop per part de Prince. Molt funky, molt groovy, molt llarg, molt atapeït... Combinació de temes imbatibles amb altres menys meritoris i que desgasten el resultat global. Malgrat tot, un disc per emmarcar entre el més destacable de la primera part dels '80

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Pretty catchy 80s pop, everyone knows little red Corvette and the rest is cool as well but it's super dated to hear in 2021. I can't imagine I'd listen to it again. 3/5.

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Don't get me wrong. It is a good album, but it is also a long album, with I feel a lot of meandering outros. By the time the album finishes, I am in a bit of a haze. Wish it was 15 minutes shorter.

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if i were more cheerful this album would be great, i have to say that the album is contained to a singular style it doesnt go much further than weaker version of 1999 and red corvette

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Algumas faixas muito boas.

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I like the start. The rest is meh.

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Heh, prince is dope.

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It feels way more chaotic and less refined than I remember the hits off of this album being. DMSR and Delirious are my favorites, but every track has something to add.

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Funky, fun, sounds like the birth of both Bowie and Bruno

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Enjoyed a blast from the past

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Some parts were too... sensual

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Feelgood albumpje met helaas maar 1 klassieker erop. Kan er niet helemaal inkomen

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Some amazing pop. Some self-indulgent guff.

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Do I not like Prince as much as I thought I did?

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i thought for a long time that i didn't like prince. i'm pretty sure this album was the reason.

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Never got into Prince, the mix is not doing him any favors, interestingly I prefer my prince live much better. But I gotta respect the swag, and diverse sound of the band. falseto out of 5

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Decent

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knew a few of those...

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I understand the importance of this album, but it's not my kind of music. I prefer Prince covers to actual Prince songs. "1999" is the only great song that I liked very much from the whole album.

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Really nothing except the first 2 songs stood out to me

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not sure

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D.M.S.R. was an epic song, overall the album has the sexiness of prince's music.

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Some great songs, but listening to the whole album one can get an 80's synth overdose.

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Inte hans bästa album, en del... märkliga... låtar men overall ganska bra ändå 3,5/5 eller 4/5 gillar red Corvette

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3.5/5 it started well but lost it in the way. I'll have to relisten.

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Nicht so ein hit wie purple rain oder kiss aber little red corvette bleibt im ohrwurmgedächtnis. Ist die Ähnlichkeit zu Madonnas Material Girl eigentlich Absicht? 3 Sterne allein dafür dass ich manchmal auch gerne ins Jahr 1999 zurückmöchte

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Good album. I enjoyed the wacky sound design but it’s a little too sexy and dance oriented for me to relate to.

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I liked this album okay- my favorite songs were Automatic and Lady Cab Driver. Some of the songs sounded too choppy, and the singers voice was good but again sometimes I wished it was less choppy sounding. Overall it was a nice sound but not anything extraordinary for me, the songs seemed a little too similar

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Revolutionary '80s pop music. 7.9/10 Best Track: "1999"

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Each song is interesting and unique and all follow a similar joyful theme. I don't like some of the songs such as Let's Pretend We're Married, D.M.S.R. Some of the songs are kind of weird such as the afore mentioned ones. I would like it more if it had less of said parts.

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Ho un pò un problema con Prince che in questo album si rende evidente, apprezzo moltissime delle sue trovate musicali ma raramente riesco a trovare un pezzo che mi conquista completamente. Spesso trova dei groove che sono veramente impressionanti però poi i suoi pezzi spesso li trovo eccessivi e poco centrati.

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Funky

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Awesome start with 3 classics. The rest is fun to listen to once or twice.

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As an album: A few killers but a lot of fillers

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Quinticential 80s and well produced but not something i would sit and listen to

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Interesante que el tema principal es fiesta, sexo, pasarla bien, ser libre. Pero al final de muchas canciones hay pequeños momentos de miedo, dolor, ansiedad. Sería bueno investigar sobre esto y qué quería transmitir

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Prince rappresenta la mia scoperta del 2021. Non avrei mai pensato di poterlo apprezzare così tanto. Per quanto riguarda quest'album, onestamente sento come che perda il tiro dopo un po', ma forse è solo dovuto al fatto che a un certo punto diventa troppo anni '80, però è un "anni '80" abbastanza digeribile. Comunque rimane un sound moderno, certe cose mi ricordano un sacco di artisti degli anni nostri, tipo gli Ok Go, gli Unknown Mortal Orchestra o Bruno Mars, che non c'entrano un cazzo gli uni con gli altri, però fa capire quanto ricca e variegata fosse la sua vena compositiva. Come anche su Purple Rain, ci sono riferimenti sessuali.. Devo capire se scopava un botto, oppure soffriva di eiaculazione precoce e doveva compensare. A Purple Rain ho dato 4 ed effettivamente mi era piaciuto di più. Comunque questo per me sta poco sotto, ma rimane un album che ho apprezzato e che sicuramente riascolterò.

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Ok

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songs are unncessicasrily long

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Lyssna inte på hela men komigen, det är prince. Funkar alltid

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Better than I remember it being. Still not a huge Prince fan, but I could definitely listen to 1999 again willingly. And of course, Prince’s instrumentation is great.

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99 que foi gravado nos anos 80

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I understand this was a game changing album it just isn't really for me.

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Ровное впечатление. Не знаю как в контексте 1999 года он звучал, наверное классно, но мне разве что пару треков более менее запомнились, остальное все как одна и та же песня

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3.5 stars.

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Too much sex lol

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Right off the bat, this albumcover was made by a 9-year old. Ok but the actual music is fucking legendary so far, 1999 and little red corvette got me listening. And then delirious, and let's pretend that we're married which are so silly. Actually this is quite a silly album overall. Something in the water was very special with some great sounds, but some of the long songs bored me to death though. Free is good too. Ok International Lover is so good. Would bump to a 4 if the album cover wasn't so ugly and the two preceding songs weren't so boring. 3/5

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Tecno . Funky

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Good album but I got bored mid way through.

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Some great songs about shagging. Some very long songs about shagging also.

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If you like prince you will love 1999 by prince. When it's good it's good and when it's bad it's sorta fine

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Okay prince thanks I get it

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Got a bit boring and weird towards the end, liked most of it though

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Na het beeldende ‘in deze muziek kan ik wonen’ van Anke, wat storytelling van mijn kant: een half leven terug, ben ik met vriendin Marieken een paar dagen in Gent. Allebei verliefd op de barman van ons hostel, wiens naam ik helaas vergeten ben. Hij draaide ‘little red Corvette’ voor ons 😍. (Rest van de plaat kon me overigens niet helemaal bekoren).

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Dat 80's Prince geluid is echt geweldig. Ik vind dit album wel wat te langdradig, met nummers van 8, 9 of 10 minuten. Maar de man kon in zijn 80's periode weinig fout doen bij mij :-)

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Groot artiest, maar het is nooit helemaal mijn ding gebleken. Ook dit album niet. Zeker niet verkeerd, maar toch een beetje te langdradig allemaal.

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Gladjes en best lekker!

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Some great singles. Funky all the way through.

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Up there with MJ for great pop music, not exactly my thing but defo a better listen than regular pop crud

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Prince 1999 Prince was an icon

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Ich steh ja total auf diesen präzise schleppenden, Tonnen von Bass pumpenden Prince-Funk. Hier über weite Strecken im Reinform zu genießen, teilweise schon überstreckt (Let’s Pretend We’re Married), teilweise schon mit Hang ins Abstrakte (Something In The Water …; Lady Cab Driver), und dann noch als programmatische zelebriert als Hymne der großen Heilsversprechen die der kleine Prinz uns immer gemacht hat: Dance, Music, Sex, Romance! Schrammt bei mir trotzdem noch haarscharf an ner 4 vorbei, weil insgesamt bisschen zu skizzenhaft, ich steh noch mehr auf wenn er Opulenz drauf packt!

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My sister hates the 80's for all of it's cheesy synth and fake instruments. I'm sure she hates 1999 because Prince has hokey 80's sounds in spades. It's a shame because while it's a fun album, you don't get to understand how talented he is. He is an incredible guitar player (watch his playing of While My Guitar Gently Weeps during George Harrison's R&R HOF induction) but I'm not sure I even heard a guitar on the album. I was bored halfway through Delirious, which wasn't good because it was followed by 3 songs averaging 8min of same old same old. I almost turned it off. Maybe fun if I want to hold an 80's dance party but if I didn't respect his body of work this might be a 2.

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The appeal here of Prince is either misunderstood or not understood at all. Synth-heavy beats, but lacking any punch just lets the lyrics go largely ignored. His talent during live performances and grip on his persona does indeed carry him, but that does not equal good music on record.

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I can respect the quality, the genius, the intent… but this is cheesy af. I guess it was very rebellious back then but no 80’s sound aged very well

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Gone too soon... Just the first talent of his time

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I can respect this album but just wasn’t for me. Songs are long and get repetitive

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not as good as purple rain

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Sehr 80er Pop aber auch nicht unlässig

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Mir nicht gitarrig genug

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Pretty varied and adventurous. Lots of different approaches, some work, some not so much. Pretty stellar start to the album, but tapers off a bit and things like something in the water is just a strange detour.

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This album is 40 years old! Wow! A couple of fantastic tracks. Prince was an absolute master at his craft. Enjoyable to listen to again.

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Rating this a 3 just like the other two Prince albums I've listened to. Was probably innovative and modern for it's time. But fails to grab my interest today.

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Really enjoyed some of it, other bits just wash by me.

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After getting all 3 Prince albums on the list, my conclusion is that I want to like Prince more than I actually do. He was innovative and talented. No doubt. There are some songs I really enjoy, like 1999, Little Red Corvette, and Lady Cab Driver. But there is also shit like Something In The Water, which is bafflingly bad in comparison.

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This one is hard for me. I like it more than Sign O the Times because it is less all over the place which made Sign O the times probably very exciting for people who were not me. I don't like it quite as much as Purple Rain; however, which means I should be giving this a 3.5 but our stupid rating system doesn't allow it. Fun fact, being in the class of 1999 meant that this song was requested and played at every high school game/function my senior year. However, it was NOT our official class song because the administration thought the line "I've got a lion in my pocket, and baby he's ready to roar" was too inappropriate. Of all the Prince lyrics about sex to get huffy about....

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This is our third and final Prince album from the generator, generated before the first hit of several groups with more albums on the list. That's random for you, I guess. "Sign O The Times" was very uneven, then "Purple Rain" was a masterpiece, so what about "1999?" After the deservedly popular "1999" (even if it predicted joyful end-of-century partying and not existential Y2K panic), "Little Red Corvette" reached peak 80s, and then "Delirious" followed immediately after with what can only be called trough 80s. That was annoying and made me concerned we were in for another uneven album. Then I spent most of "D.S.M.R." coming up with ASMR jokes, only to be shocked by the cries for help at the end. Prince sings that the R stands for Romance, but that doesn't sound like romance to me. If there's some deeper meaning here I can't find mention of it, but at the very least it served to scramble my plans for ASMR jokes. Luckily there was some very listenable, enjoyable, but unmemorable, funk and soul in the second half of the album. (As long as you let it go in the background and don't pay too much attention to song lengths. There were two moments when I thought "it must be on to the next song now? I didn't notice the transition. Nope, nevermind, this one still has two more minutes.")

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I feel like I'm watching all of the Godfather movies in one sitting. Not super excited about listening to more Prince since we just reviewed Purple Rain, which was decent. This too is decent but I'm just so tired of looking at Don Corleone. Some decent radio music from my childhood but nothing I'd ever buy or listen to willfully especially after being served so much in such a short span.

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I want to like Prince. But listen to a full album is a bore and a chore. This would maybe have made 4 stars if he could wrap up a tune in 3 and 1/2 minutes, but everything drags out to 7mins and blends into each other - and I lose interest. Protracted and self-indulgent.

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It’s fine. It’s very 80s. I don’t get the appeal…

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This was definitely better than the last Prince album I listened to for this project. A lot of classic songs that I knew, but didn't necessarily know they were Prince songs. Still not really my thing, but I can respect the art.

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Very well known album. Solid vocals and mix on almost all songs.

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Åter igen jag gillar!

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Great songs… red corvette etc

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Even if 1980's rock/pop is the opposite of my taste in music, I can truly see how this is an icon for the lovers of the genre as well as an album that deserves to be in this list. It's well made, catchy, and strong in lyrics, vocals, and instrumentation. Truly a step-up from Bad by Michael Jackson, and made me realize how fucking Bad it actually is.

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Viihdyttävää, kuten Prince tuppaa aina oleen. Kuitenkin jää sellanen ”pakko kuunnella uudestaan ja uudestaan”-fiilis pois.

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Oh well. *1999*. Released in 1982. If through this title, Prince wanted to predict music as it would sound seventeen years later, that's not exactly how everything turned out, is it? That minor grudge aside, it's hard to miss the carpe diem *concept* behind the album. *1999* is a record that wants you to have sex, because, hey, that's one of the best thing our short lives have to offer, is it not? It is also speaking from a cold war vantage point, hence the criticism of "politicians" found in some lyrics here and there, even if such quick statements might just be useful pretexts for more fucking (up, around, and well, just good old straight-up fucking itself). If the end of the world is coming soon, whether at the turn of the millenium or earlier, we'd better enjoy what's left of our lives and party *hard*, after all. This here is the bulk of Prince's *D.M.S.R* program (a track from the album that reads *Dance, Music, Sex, Romance*), an overall theme also nicely introduced in opener and legendary single "1999", where the Minneapolis sex-crazed, short-statured genius reminds us that anyone is "carrying a bomb' these days, nuclear or not, and that as a result, anyone can die in the next hour or the next minute. When U say it this way, Mr. Nelson, it indeed sounds like a good idea to take your sweet time and wallow in all those hedonistic long tracks celebrating love, lust, sex, romance and everything in between. The thing is, *long* does not necessarily equate *good*. At least when it comes to music, if you take my meaning. Wink, wink. And *this* here is exactly where *1999* falls short, ironically. Because as groundbreaking as the record was, both for Prince and for pop music at large (with all those dry synth-driven hits, Afrika-Bambatta-inspired dirges, lustful torch songs, rock digressions and moist-yet-minimalistic hard-funk forays), yes, in spite (or because) of all of *that*, there's a also a streak of self-indulgence running through *1999* which might possibly make it a difficult listen in 2022, no matter what critics or hardcore fans are raving about when they're mentionning the album today. "Let's Pretend We're Married" is a nice track, with a soundtrack it's easy to picture St Vincent writing a few decades later. But did it need to last for 7 minutes or so, no matter what crazy antics Prince is doing during the performance? Besides, cuts like "Automatic", "DMSR", "Lady Cab Driver", or "All the Critics Love U In New York" are not *that* good musically speaking in the first place. And most of them still run even far longer than 7 minutes. Or if they don't, they sound *as if they do*. Never a good sign when you're watching the clock while "doing it". The only exceptions to that overall issue are the first two tracks, and the fact that they are opening the album is not so much a blessing in disguise as it is a curse for the record's overall balance. "1999" is a bouncy masterpiece, and if you can't shake your rump to it, it means you're probably dead already. And "Little Red Corvette", Prince's first crossover hit to rock and mainstream charts in a long list of many, has *that* stellar chorus going for it. But after that early point, in terms of obvious hits and nudges to a casual listener's ears, zilch, zero, nada. For certain genres, this is not necessarily a problem. But when you claim to be writing and playing grand pop statements, it kind of becomes one. The jump from "Little Red Corvette" to "Delirious" is just jarring, for example. What is that ridiculous happy-go-lucky pseudo-mock-rockabilly synth riff? And, er... wait... What? Was that *thing* a single, too? Really??? There are indeed a few "endearing" curios in *1999*, which probably triggered Prince's fans to unabashadly label it as a masterpiece because they thought those intriguing yet somewhat half-baked compositions had something "different" in them compared to other more famous cuts. Chiefly among those weird songs is the interestingly ambient and ambiguous "Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)", sounding as if Kraftwerk mated with Otis Redding under Devo's voyeuristic leer, not so bad if you like such kinky set-ups in your sex life. To which you might also add "Free", a Motown-like ballad with a nice piano part but not much else in terms of memorable stuff. A change of pace, a missionary-position sort of statement, if you will. Of course, those flaws are sometimes amplified by appalling lyrics here and there. Prince, being the piece of work that he was, often considers his romantic conquests (real or fantasized) as so many inerchangeable objects for his own narcissitic lust. No, women are not "beautifully complex", they're just different one from the other, just as men are. And if they don't always cater to your every need, it's not because of "something in their water", you prick. They're not bonzai trees, for chrissake. However, as ludicrous as those immature ditherings are, such paranoid rants can sometimes spawn striking poetic images once in a while. In "Lady Cab Driver", for instance, just as the singer is fantasizing about 'doing it' with the titular character, he starts to *dedicate* each thrust of his hips to everything life has for us (yes, you read that correctly), both the good and the not-so-good. The list goes from politicians dooming our world to greedy billionaires, from God to nature, and finally, from his lover to himself and his own shortcomings (with a surprisingly candid admission he wishes he was "as tall and handsome" as his brother on one particular thrust--quite the precious psychological nugget for all wannabe shrinks out there). Sublimation of our instinctual death drives through sex has never been better depicted. Too bad the music (all that lazy funk set on "automatic' mode behind) is just... so-so. This is not exactly the case of finale "International Lover", where Prince pictures himself as a pilot of his own private Sex Airlines company. The singer won a Grammy for his impressive performance on this slow extravaganza, as tongue-in-cheek corny as it is tongue-in-your-mouth exhilarating. Honestly, Prince deserved that trophy, so good he is when he whispers and taunts his lady prey to get on board with him, moaning, howling and orgasming at the very end, just as their plane is reaching its pleasurable destination at last. A place called "Satisfaction", by the way--yeah, that same tropical island Mick Jagger kept yearning and yelling after, to no avail... Yet, as good as that destination is, once you've just spinned that track, you don't necessarily want to come back to it for your next holidays. It's a fun listen the first time around, we'll grant you that. But it's also *another* long-winded proposition coming at the end of an album almost exclusively filled with other such long jams and whatnot. As you and I know, promising trysts often end up being nothing but one-night-stands, even when the sex was good on that night. That's where hedonism soon starts to lose its edge, as is the case here. Fortunately, Prince was too eager to please to repeat the same mistakes twice, no matter how commercially successful *1999* turned out to be. "Sign 'O" The Times" had a similar concept, but it was so varied, so adventurous stylistically speaking, that its also admittedly long songs fare better today in comparison. "Parade" was a mixed affair, but it proved the funky midget was able to pen far shorter tracks that could still be impressive, whether in their sonic experimentations or their display of pop instincts. And *Purple Rain* was the best those two worlds had to offer, the exact balance Prince needed to reach right after *1999*. We won't go further after this eighties period, though. Even when a music review forces you to elaborate on sex and other earthly pleasures, there's still some minimum decency to preserve. It's not how long and how often you're doing it that counts. It's how much you can genuinely enjoy the whole thing. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 990 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 3 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 5 (including this one for its "historical" importance, even if I doubt it will make the final cut...) Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 3]

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I do like Prince - he's got some fun and funky beats. I love that I can nearly see his face through the way that he sings. He's so entertaining! Only thing is it's a little too repetitive for my taste these days. Fun to go through these throwbacks though.

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Better as a live act

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How is Little Red Corvette the only song with an explicit flag?

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I know it's an iconic album and, while I can appreciate that, it wasn't my thing back in high school when it came out and it's still not my thing now. There are a lot of things I like about the album, but there are a few things I can't get past: 1. Why do the songs have to be so long? 2. Prince is such a great guitar player, why can't he play a bit more guitar and a bit less on the synths? 3. I hate fake sounding drum machines. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but 3 stars.

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What a strange little man he is

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hard to beat the 1-2 of the first two tracks but this album just dragged on and on - too much of the same. couldn't really finish it

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3.5

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Didn't enjoy as much as I thought! Love prince but might need more time with the album, will listen again but it's very busy on a first listen

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Princa nikad nisam razumio, štagod sam si pustio, ništa, ama baš ništa mi nije pasalo, smetalo mi je zapravo koliko je uzdignut i koliko hvale te neke albume, a mene ni da takne. *nakon slušanja* Sad razumijem, vjerujem da ima više žensku publiku, takav je. Ima dobrih stvari, međutim dosta njih mi traju bespotrebno dugo. Najdraža stvar mi je Free, a dobre su mi još i 1999, Little Red Corvette i Automatic. Zamisli turat svog bibora u rernu ko Prince u Lady Cab Driver, i nabrajaš za svaki thrust, bila je dobra stvar, al taj dio mi je ono.... eej. Super cover albuma tho. Dobar album, kontam, ali nije mi toliko dobar da će ići na repeat ili ću mu se vraćat. Sad mogu reći da sam preslušao u cijelosti album Princa, i da mogu formirat kvalitetnije mišljenje o njegovoj glazbi.

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Definitely ahead of its time. However, I am just not a Prince fan. Idk what is wrong with me but I can’t get down to most of this. I enjoy the singles and the overall pop/r&b sensibilities but it just didn’t click for me, daug.

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As a single album four stars. As the first two tracks 5 stars. There are longeurs and his first 5-star piece would arrive next.

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3, trodde inte det skulle vara så bra

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I mean it's Prince, so it's technically brilliant. It's also twice as fucking long as it ever needed to be.

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Pros: - Songwriting is great and unique and fearless, like Prince. No one was like him and I don't think there will be many like him. - I bet if I was 18 in 1982 and I heard this come out I would be like "this is amazing". It's a great amalgamation of ideas and sounds in this unique Prince musical vernacular. - I do think that Prince leans a little toward maximalism in the production; there's so many instrumental layers of little guitar licks, synth licks, vocal "mm yea"'s and super processed vocal layers that all sound cool but at times can be a little annoying. Maybe it's just that this album is now 40 years old and it's age is showing. Overall I'm happy with the mix though. - It's fun music! Cons: - some mix choices are annoying Misc: - I wish I could hear the original mixes on a lot of these albums on spotify. It seems like the service mostly just has official remixes of these 30+ year old albums and they don't offer the original ones. Small gripe but that's for spotify / the record label and not with Prince. - I need to do a deep dive and see what songs Prince played guitar on. He's a legit shredder and I was always curious to see how much of the album songs he actually recorded the guitars for. - 1982 was an interesting time period for music production. New and immediate prevalence of synths meant that there were lots of questionable mix decisions being made and you can hear that across this album. "1999" hard panned to right ear warble synth is a little grating at times. "Let's Pretend we're married" - listen to the delay on the snare. interesting. can't tell if i love it or hate it. At 2:46 I swear you can hear a sneeze. - this album for me is a great reason why there should be more than 5 options/stars to vote for. This is around a 3.5 for me without context. It's a very solid album, and on a list of 1001 albums you have to hear, I would think of it as being a 3, so I'm going to give it a 3. I'm leaning more for a 3 instead of a 4 because the second half has tracks that tend to run on the same ideas.

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Soooo many layers on layers here! Overtly sexually explicit lyrics on top of synth-y funky instrumentation and odd little sound bites make for a very fun and experimental album. My one gripe is the huge volume difference found in the mix (at least from what I could hear in my car speakers) that made it actually kind of frustrating to listen to :/

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Not bad but some tracks are way too long

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A true pop classic, and the opening 3 tracks is a hell of a sequence. I’m not too fussed about the rest of it, but what a start!

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Pure funky. Prince is not an artist that I specially like, though.

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Still hard for me to get into Prince.

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3 1/2

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No denying his impressive talents, unfortunately his style of music just doesn't resonate with me. Little Red Corvette is a great song and there are a couple other good songs too but that's about it for me 3 🌟

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Ah the great Prince - some genius songs here but did not feel like his best album.

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Just like Prince to release an LP 17 years ahead of its eponymic title, only for it to still sound as if it came right at the turn of the century. Not every track here is perfect and a few tend to drag on a bit longer than they have the melodic power to, but most are infectiously catchy across the board and are still listenable today (something that can't be said for most 80s music).

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Känns som att jag missar något, många av låtarna är jättebra men ett flertal verkar sakna något. Vet inte vad.

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Starts out really strong but weakens towards the end.

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To describe Prince’s lyrics on the '1999' LP as innuendo would be an understatement. In your end, yo, is more his speed. I mean his pockets are ‘full of horses, Trojan…’ Careful, there’s a lion in there, too, ‘and baby he’s ready to roar.’ Prince is ‘Delirious’ from the need for sex- there must be ‘Something in the Water’- and he’s after anyone, ‘Lady Cab Driver’(s), doesn’t matter. On ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Married,’ either he either grew weary of all the allusions or just flat ran out of illustrations: ‘I sincerely want to fuck the taste out of your mouth!’ I think I’ll pass, having known people infected with COVID who lost their ability to taste for weeks. That said, I wonder if it would be possible to fuck just the taste of kale out of my mouth? I might be up for that. But I digress. On second thought, no, this actually is all pertinent, as a simple look at the number ‘One’ on the cover art will clearly reveal. Prince’s libido was green light go in 1982. Musically, all the synthesizers and drum machines take the listener right back to the early 1980s, a time period of pop music I unfortunately don’t particularly care for. The electro funk of ‘Something in the Water,’ despite some great vocals, did not compute with this listener. One of Prince’s most talented features, his guitar soloing, is mostly absent, either buried in the mix or over bridled (‘Free,’ ie); and, alas, that’s a horse that really should be set free to gallop. Finally, the new wave/funk/rockabilly hybrid on ‘Delirious’ is an example of flavors that just don’t go well together. Anchovies and orange marmalade in a taco shell. While I am a fan of Prince, generally, '1999' is a recording incompatible with the other tunes currently playing in my blue Toyota, which is for the best. Along with wild girls, Red Corvettes also tend to attract too much attention from Law Enforcement.

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I’m lukewarm on it. The grooves are pretty fantastic but seem to just drag on for a little too long or are too repetitive. If I was dancing to it it’d probably be better but as a casual listen it’s a bit much. 6/10

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2.5

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Just this weirdo electro funk for way too long. So hits tho

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4

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Prince has a brilliant greatest hits album in him. This album has one of the tracks and even its two minutes too long

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1999 and Little Red Corvette are the best songs on this album. The rest is overly drawn out nonsense. I don't get the prince hype. These songs don't need to be 8 minutes long.

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Honestly, I was hyped for this, but it fell flat. Aside from the couple of hits, it sounded like Prince was experimenting to learn how to produce, and then just released his practices.

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Not my cup of tea, cool synth and funk though. Some of the tracks seem really basic and cheesy. Overt sexual themes, can see why it might have been “different” in the 80s. Little red corvette favorite track.

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1999's title track kicks off the record with a classic synth-funk sound, extremely catchy tunes and funny metaphoric lyrics. These positives are mostly appareant on Little Red Corvette, though I am not a huge fan of some vocal parts and effects. Delirious sounds slightly video-gamey with its squeaky synth-riffs, but it's catchy enough to be enjoyed. Unfortunately, the same video-gamey element and awkward instrumentals become more visible and annoying when continuing the record. The sharp synth riffs on Lets Pretend sound absolutely awful, DMSR and Automatic drag on and on (7+ minutes and barely anything new is added) and the last couple of tracks were a chore to get through. 2/5.

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2/5 - I respect his body of work and that there is an audience that adores him, but Prince is not for me. *shrug*

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One or two classics. The remainder is pretty average

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Not my taste. A few bangers but the rest are hard for me to make it through.

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A favourite of Grant Cabaret Connor. At the time I hated Prince's music and couldn't understand the hype around him. To be fair I'm a long way from being a fan, but at least I can say I've seen him in the flesh, walking around Las Vegas on his stag do. First two tracks are ok. The rest is unlistenable rubbish

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Weird

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Not his best

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I know, he's a genius, brilliant musician, great live performer ( i've even been to see him and quite enjoyed it ) but on record, just not for me ! Too far removed from what I like

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Ei varsinaisesti hivellyt korva tai edes muitakaan alueita kehossa. Ko. herran musa ei ole oikeastaan ikinä säväyttänyt millään tavalla.

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Not really a fan of this type of music.

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So repetitive

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Expected better, nothing really stood out to me

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never understood the hype and still don't

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Pränz! Auch als sein bekennender Verehrer muss ich zugeben, dass sich bei ihm neben sehr viel Licht auch recht viel Schatten findet. Ich kannte das Album bis auf 1999 und Little Red Corvette nicht und halte 1999 nach wie vor für eine seiner schwächeren Singles. Free ist eine Entdeckung, der Rest ist eher durchwachsen.

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Honestly very repitive, the weird deep vocals at the beginning didn't add anything to the song except for a creepy feeling. Might have to try another prince album... I don't think this one is a great representation of his work.

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Not my style

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3/10

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This album confirmed my long-held opinion that Prince's head is so far up his own backside that he just ponces on stage

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Made me kinda uncomfortable

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I just don't get why Prince is considered so special.

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I don't like prince that much.

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Auf seine eigene Art extrem nervig. 1.1

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לא שמעתי את כולו, קצת חזר על עצמו ושיעמם אבל אולי זה כי לא היה לי הרבה כוח לשמוע אותו

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Não gostei de nada, mas não gosto de Prince então dificulta

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No, tremendo.

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This sounds like Zumba music for sexually repressed homosexuals of color. It would be perfect background music for a 1980s porno.

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Amazing that this was written in the early 80s. First half is great. Second half is decent and closes strong.

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Meh

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Beautifully

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