In the beginning, God made the sea. But on the seventh day, he made me
... Prince actually makes that line convincing, and it's typical of the wall-to-wall power on this album.
Prince is mixing his later self-indulgence with nonstop sharp commercial hooks here, and it's enough to remind me why he still matters at this point in his career - this album has balls. The opening beat orgy "My Name Is Prince" swaggers atop a monster groove as he boasts at the top of his lungs - it's an unbelievable, genre-busting song.
The bass-heavy funk of "Sex M.F." also shows Prince to be a total master, in case I'd doubted that. Elsewhere, he doesn't aim as high, but even the generic dance songs have choruses that stick in my brain better than almost anything he'd done lately, and there are some lovely melodies like "Love 2 the 9's" and "Blue Light".
The sheer inspiration drops off after the first few songs, but everything is still tight, funky, and convincing. A gigantic statement of ego backed up by sheer talent, this album is proof that nobody wrings more brilliance out of quirky self-indulgence than the Purple one.Rated:
by Reviewer: Cosmic Ben