The fourth album from Prince, Controversy, arrived in 1981, only one yr after his third album, Soiled Thoughts. The album peaked at no. 21 on the Billboard 200, faring higher on the High R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, touchdown at no. 3. It fared higher in gross sales than its predecessor, changing into Prince’s second album to go platinum, following the success of his self-title sophomore album in 1979.
Controversy is a crucial accent in Prince’s huge catalog, because it reveals glimpses of the crossover superstardom that may greet him simply three years later with the huge success of the Purple Rain soundtrack. Like on most of his works, Prince produced, wrote and performed each instrument on the album, save for keyboards, drums and vocals on “Jack U Off” which employed the work of The Revolution members Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink and Bobby Z.
Layered with catchy hooks, dance pop synths, and funk sensibilities, whereas remaining exploratory in sound, the album serves a bridge between the heavy themes and sonic panorama he started constructing on Soiled Thoughts and those who he would good on his subsequent album, 1982’s quadruple platinum, 1999.
Learn on for a track-by-track information to the album, and hyperlinks to extra detailed tales for every tune, taken from Diffuser’s 365 Prince Songs in a 12 months sequence.
“Controversy’ stays one among Prince’s signature dance hits. It is not simply the danceable synths, pounding drums, or popping guitars that make this a go-to for any Prince fan. It is the theme of Prince questioning the whole lot round him—individuals’s perceptions of him and themselves, human’s tug-of-war with their morality, God (“Do I consider in God? Do I consider in me?”) and sexuality (“Am I black or white/Am I straight or homosexual?”), all wrapped in a cushty, jamming beat. What makes it so…
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