C/D: Prince's "Around the World in a Day"

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i thought it was intentional

xp

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol, it did kind of inspire that level of "wtf"ness in me.

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

whatever track 3 is called is also a favorite...

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Geir doesn't like blues-based music, film at 11, posts very much in character, etc., etc.

Meanwhile, "Let's Go Crazy," with the exception of the pre-chorus, consists entirely of a I-IV chord change. Whereas "Purple Rain" is incredibly harmonically complex.

But it sounds like gospel.

But it's not that Geir doesn't like "black people" music.

But a song that's just I-IV, over and over, is better than the complexity of "Purple Rain." Also, too.

a mix of music (Lionel Ritchie) and kicks (my tongue) (Phil D.), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Because this album is beloved by a coterie and I love Prince, I give it a chance every few months -- it's still mostly a dud.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, "Paisley Park" and "Raspberry Beret" are fantastic songs because they sound like something The Beatles might have done in 1967.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

And, no, "Purple Rain" is not complex. It has four chords. And that's it. And they are being repeated as an ostinato all the time with no build, not climax (other than some annoyingly improvised screaming, that is, but the climax shouldn't be in the performance, it should be in the melody).

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Propably still in my Top 5 but it could do with a good remastering/ fix up. If only to correct that pain in the arse lag between the left and right channels on Pop Life when you listen on headphones. I love it mind, full of brilliant tricks that you forget about like that stop-start-stop-start intro to America. Condition Of The Heart contains my favourite Prince lyric moment ever when the girl leaves him for 'a REAL prince.. from Arabia'. Anyone who doesn't get the warmth and the humour of the man after listening to this album is *nuts*.

piscesx, Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Plenty of his albums before and since exude his warmth and humor.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

I should have said upthread: maybe I'm tainted because I heard Parade first. ATWIAD, by contrast, was one of the LAST Prince albums I bought (2001? 2002?). I've written thousands of words in my rockcrit career defending unloved mutts, especially those released in the eighties, but this one, unfortunately, still sounds half-assed and nattering.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

This is my favorite Prince album.

sharkless dick stick (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

Parade is ironically the one I never liked much...although there are some amazing songs on it.

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

really the only Prince album I've ever heard that I went "uh, why?" was the one a few years ago with the song "Guitar" on it....

ý never promýsed you a Weingarten (San Te), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I hear the title track and "Paisley Park" and think, well, okay, sitars and finger cymbals and Magical Mystery Tour -- so what?

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

The A side of this album is brilliant: the first tune is nice intro showcasing how he's changed his game, "Paisley Park" is one his most hearbreakingly beautiful pop songs, the ballad is good in the sort of pathetic-yet-credible way Prince can write ballad, "Raspberry Berret" is plenty fun, and "Tambourine" is a nice little funk workout. But the B side is kinda bad: "America" is musically nice but has dodgy lyrics, "Pop Life" isn't as great a pop song as the ones on side A, and the last two songs are just half-assed, formless attempts to make something "psychedelic". Prince should've just made the 20 minute version of "America" as the entire B side. Or at least replace the last two songs with "Girl" and "She's Always in My Hair". They're not the most perfect Prince songs, but they're certainly better than what's on the album.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 25 August 2010 00:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah: "Girl," "Hello," "She's Always in My Hair" pwn most of the album tracks.

Gucci Mane hermeneuticist (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 00:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Basically absolutely LOVE "Raspberry Beret" and "Paisley Park". Also quite fond of the title track and "Pop Life". Not quite as keen on the rest.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

honestly i only came around to "parade" as an album this year (before i would always listen to kiss, mountains, and maybe another lover and that's it).

emotional radiohead whatever (Jordan), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 21:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

the title track is the only thing I don't like much on "Purple Rain"

O_O

Anyway, great album. I never latched onto Parade as strongly as this one, myself.

ilxor has truly been got at and become an ILXor (ilxor), Wednesday, 25 August 2010 21:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

I understand now
love is more important than sex
I have to go now

I don't know when I'll return

goodbye

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Monday, 2 July 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prince's worst 80s record?

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 02:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

way better than Lovesexy imo. i might prefer it to Parade too but i know that's a minority opinion.

abandon al ships (some dude), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 03:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

temptation is pretty embarrassing

buh, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 03:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Anyway, "Paisley Park" and "Raspberry Beret" are fantastic songs because they sound like something The Beatles might have done in 1967.

Let us travel back in time to properly appreciate how wrong this sentiment is.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 04:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just heard "Pop Life" somewhere the other week, it made me happy like it usually does. I think most of the detractory commentary above is fair, but for somebody's decade low-point to include "Pop Life," "Raspberry Beret," "Tamborine" and "Condition of the Heart" says more about the decade he had than the actual merits of the album. Even the title track is pretty cool.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 04:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

'raspberry beret' makes my shortlist of the best pop records of all time, easy.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 04:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Temptation" is amazing, imo, always gives me chills

chupacabra seeds (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 05:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

i'm hard-pressed to think of any song called 'temptation' that isn't awesome!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 05:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've voiced the identical sentiment about songs w/tambourines in the title!

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:28 (2 years ago) Permalink


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