Dirty Mind by Prince

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Dirty Mind by Prince
Dirty Mind by Prince

Album Released: 1980

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1.Dirty Mind4:11
2.When You Were Mine3:44
3.Do It All Night3:42
4.Gotta Broken Heart Again2:13


This stripped-down funk inspired a number of people, like Rick James, but I'll let that slide. Originally intended as demos that would later be laid down by a real band, Prince decided not to bother 'cause it sounded good enough already, and boy was he right.

This would be his best album if only it were a wee bit longer and had more stylistic variety. "When You Were Mine" is Prince's best-ever song, and one of the early-80's sharpest singles, clearly establishing him as a tunesmith to be reckoned with.

Zooming by in just 30 minutes, Dirty Mind is one of those perfect party albums that you can slap on and no one will not dance to, and it's over before anyone's sick of it. With songtitles like "Head" and "Sister", it's a bit explicit, but I guess subtlety was never Prince's forte.

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by Reviewer: Creative Noise

Looking back over Prince’s career, I have to wonder what exactly the guy’s problem was. Remember in the mid-90’s when he proclaimed himself a 'slave' to his record company? Well, looking back to his earlier releases, it’s pretty clear the record company didn’t give a shit what he put out, as long as it was funky. And it’s hard to imagine more artistic freedom than Prince enjoyed on Dirty Mind.

He uses that freedom to great effect musically. Prince tapped into some sort of Platonic ideal of a funk/rock fusion, and the musicianship and melodies are downright irresistible. I can just imagine some record company executive saying 'No, you can’t stick a Greg Kihn guitar line over slap bass' on “When You Were Mine”, or 'That Moog synthesizer will simply not be a funky solo' on “Head”. He’d be wrong, of course.

I doubt anyone could resist “Partyup”, featuring an insanely catchy chant for the chorus, or the slinky “Got a Broken Heart Again”. The rest, while not so memorable, are worthy tracks, and the whole album is propelled to delightful heights by musical invention and energy.

On the other hand, a record executive might've provided some useful restraint on the lyrics. Prince’s unalloyed lyrical vision is often misguided, occasionally disturbing, and - in one place - repulsive.

Prince doesn’t just like sex, he likes trying to shock his audience by singing about sex. The odd thing is, a lot of his lyrics sound like he hasn’t had much sex (very odd, considering he was a rock star) ... they’re more like horny schoolboy odes about meeting women on the street who can’t resist him. Then along the way he puts down homosexuals, undermines another man’s marriage, and even proclaims incest is everything it’s said to be (what, a criminally degrading and permanently scarring abuse of the most sacred bond between two people?). It’s more embarrassing than shocking in its sophomorism.

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by Reviewer: Steve Knowlton (blogging at Steve's Record Reviews)