is a considerable improvement over the debut, though it suffers from excessively high-end sound and inconsistent song quality.
Critics usually claim that Prince made his 'rock' move with the following year's Dirty Mind
, but that's not correct - given the way Prince
rocks more metalwise than anything he's ever done before or since, with several of these tracks offering tasty guitar solos.
The opening "I Wanna Be Your Lover" is Prince's first true classic, and the following "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" is almost as good. In "Sexy Dancer", which is one long heavy groove workout with a shouted chorus, Prince unveils his taste for the wild thang with an explicitness that would only become even more explicit (in case you don't get my point, he adds sex noises to track, beginning a long tradition).
Unfortunately, "When We're Dancing Close and Slow," and "With You," are boring smarmy love-man ballads - Prince hadn't yet learnt how to write slow songs. But then, hidden near the end is "I Feel For You", the other true classic on this album - it became a huge hit when he gave it to Chaka Khan.
Although his next few records would be much stronger, Prince is coming into his own on this album, and fans won't be disappointed. Rated:
by Reviewer: Creative Noise