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#162: 1999 by Prince

3.18.2015

1999 by Prince (1982)

Favorite Tracks: "1999" and "Little Red Corvette" and "Let's Pretend We're Married" and "D.M.S.R." and "Automatic" and "Lady Cab Driver" (weird sex chant notwithstanding)

Thoughts: PA-RIIIIIIIIIIIIIINSE! Prince. There's only been one Prince album so far, Dirty Mind back at #202. 1999 is Prince's 5th album, and it's followed by none other than Purple Rain. I confess growing up I actually thought the song "1999" was written in the 90s...it wasn't until it was actually 1999 that I learned otherwise. And man, what a song. Let's get into it!

So if I gotta die I'm gonna listen to my body tonight. Leave it to Prince to make a protest against nuclear proliferation into an infectious dance anthem. And he follows it up with the incomparable "Little Red Corvette." Prince is one of those artists whose explicitly sexual lyrics still don't keep me from singing his songs along with my dad. Well, not all of his songs. The ones allowed on the radio.

This is my first time hearing "Delirious" and I liked it, but synthesizer (?) beat got old quickly for me. I did enjoy "Let's Pretend We're Married" more--had me singing along before it was over. "All the Critics Love U in New York" was about 3 minutes longer than I would have liked, but the spoken flight attendant innuendo interlude in "International Lover" was awesome (and hilarious). Made me think of "Take Off With Us."

Is This Better Than Every Picture Tells A Story?: The album starts out SO strong, but got a bit tiresome for me in the latter half. Still SO GOOD.

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