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Thread started 09/11/17 11:37am

2freaky4church
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Let's go crazy: Grade every Prince album.

We do this annually. Since so many newbies since death or onto better place:

For You: A minus

Prince: B plus

Dirty Mind: A

Controversy: B

1999: A +

Purple Rain: A+

Around The World: A Minus

Parade: B plus

Sign O AAA +

Lovesexy: A Minus

Batman: B

Black Album: B

Graffiti Bridge: B +

Diamonds and Pearls: B

Symbol: A

Hits, B-sides: A

Come: B plus

Gold: A +

Emancipation: A minus.

The Truth: A

Crystal Ball: B minus

Rave un2: B

Brainblow Chickens: B

One Night Alone: B plus

Xpectation--News: C

Musicology: B plus

Chocolate Invasion: B plus

Slaughterhouse: B minus

20Ten: B minus

Plectrum: B minus

Art Official Age: C

Hitnrun: B minus

Planet Earth: B plus...

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Reply #1 posted 09/11/17 12:07pm

soladeo1

For You: A pleasant debut album but nothing really hints at what is to come: C+

Prince: Solid, workman-like and commercial pop music: B-

Dirty Mind: The first masterpeice, unbelievably urgent funk/pop: A+

Controversy: Prince goes New Wave and gets weird: with some amazing tunes B+

1999: A deeper dive hinted at by Controversy; Prince's 2nd masterpeice: A+

Purple Rain: One of the greatest pop albums in history; groundbreaking; 3rd masterpeice: A+

Around The World: Prince discovers The Beatles and sort of goes sideways for a brief moment: B-

Parade: Prince's 4th masterpeice; baroque chamber pop music: A+

Sign O: Prince's best album ever and one of the Top 5 albums of the 80s; virtuosic in every sense: A+

Lovesexy: Some amazing songs amidst some half-baked ones: B-

Batman: Has not aged well: C-

Black Album: A dark largely inpenatrable album with a few brilliant dance tunes like Le Grind and Cindy C: C+

Graffiti Bridge: Like Batman has not aged well; Prince was spreading himself a bit too thin at this time: C-

Diamonds and Pearls: Prince wants MEGA HITS! again and largely hits the bulleye but little is groundbreaking: C+

Symbol: Sprawling...but sort of gets tedious and boring...: C-

Hits, B-sides: Exhibit A of WHY PRINCE IS A GENIUS: A+

Come: Dark, angry, and bloodless...and charmless: D+

Gold: Prince rebounds after The Symbol Album; underratted and sort of amazing in its virtuosity: A-

Emancipation: Could have been an amazing single album; lifeless production hampers the music's vitality: C+

The Truth: Underrated and beautiful and vulnerable: A-

Crystal Ball: Lots of very interesting curiosities and quite a few fantastic tunes: B

Rave un2: A grab bag of decent tunes, some boring tunes, and some terrible tunes: C-

Brainblow Chickens: Almost a masterpeice....almost; beautiful live recordings of live instruments played by virtousos: B+

One Night Alone: Late Career Prince Live Warts and All: B+

Xpectation--News: Music for Waiting Rooms: C-

Musicology: Similar to Rave un2: C

Chocolate Invasion: quite a bit of fun; GREAT playing by the NPG: B

Slaughterhouse: Not as good as C.I.: C

20Ten: Largely forgettable; uninspired: C-

Plectrum: Prince is trying some new things...but this jyst isn't very good: C-

Art Official Age: Prince last wonderful album; think this one's reputation will grow with time: B+

Hitnrun: C

Planet Earth: C

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Reply #2 posted 09/11/17 1:23pm

mdmeridius

For the albums that I've heard all of:
• Dirty Mind: A
• Controversy: A+
• 1999: A-
• Purple Rain: A+
• ATWIAD: A+
• Parade: A+
• SOTT: A+
• The Black Album: A+
• Lovesexy: A
• Batman: A
• Diamonds and Pearls: A
• The Gold Experience: A+
• 3121: A-
• HitNRun Phase 1: A+
Must be something in the water we drink.
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Reply #3 posted 09/11/17 2:29pm

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Go on then, out of ten



For You - 7/10
Prince - 8/10
Dirty Mind - 10/10
Controversy - 8.5/10
1999 - 9/10
Purple Rain - 10/10
Around the World in a Day - 8/10
Parade - 9.5/10
Sign O the Times - 10/10
Black Album - 7.5/10
Lovesexy - 7.5/10
Batdance the album - 7/10
Graffiti Bridge - 5.5/10
Diamonds & Pearls - 7/10
LoveSymbol - 6/10
Goldnigga - 4/10
Come - 8/10
The Gold Experience - 7.5/10
Exodus - 7/10
Chaos and Disorder - 6.5/10
Emancipation - 7.5/10
The Truth - 6/10
Crystal Ball - 8/10
KamaSutra - bored2 /10
The Vault - 7/10
New Power Soul - 7/10
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - 6/10
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic - 5.5/10
The Rainbow Children - 8.5/10
One Nite Alone - 7/10
Xpecation - X6/10
C-Note - 5.5/10
N.E.W.S. - 6/10
The Chocolate Invasion - 7/10
The Slaughterhouse - 5/10
Musicology - 6/10
3121 - 7.5/10
Planet Earth - 6/10
Lotusflow3r - 7.5/10
MPLsound - 3/10
20Ten - 6/10
Plectrumelectrum - 5/10
Art Official Age - 8/10
HitnRun Part 1 - 5/10
HitnRun Part 2 - 6.5/10

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Reply #4 posted 09/11/17 3:03pm

IstenSzek

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jaawwnn said:

KamaSutra - bored2 /10


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and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #5 posted 09/11/17 4:37pm

gandorb

For You - B -

Prince - B

Dirty Mind - A+

Controversy - B

1999 - B+

Purple Rain - A+

ATWIAD - A+ (just love his adventureness and experimentation here that I accept his indulgences)

Parade - A+

Sign of the Times - A+

Lovesexy - B+

Batman - B

Graffiti Bridge - A- (some of my favorite songs are here)

Diamond and Pearls - B-

prince - C

The Hits - A+

Come - B

The Black Album - C

The Exodus - B+

The Gold Experience - A

Chaos and Disorder - B

Emancipation - B

Brainblow Chickens A++

Crystal Ball - B

The Truth - B (love the acoustic part - thought some of the songs were filler)

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - B+

Newpower Soul - B

The Rainbow Children - C

One Night Alone - A-

One Night Alone Alive - A- (ahh, now i like TRC music here if not the message)

The Chocolate Invasion - A- (fundamental funk - love it)

Slaughterhouse - C-

Musicology - B+

3121 - B -

Planet Earth - B-

Lotusflow3r - B

MPLSound - C

20ten - B+ (For pure enjoyment of listening to it - If I analyze it the grade would be C+)

Plectrumelectrum - B- (missed opportunity for a great album based on live shows)

Art Official Age - A+

Hitnrun Phase One - C

HitnRun Phase Two - B+

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Reply #6 posted 09/11/17 4:41pm

gandorb

Hey Freaky, have anay of your rating changed since the last time you do this?

2freaky4church1 said:

We do this annually. Since so many newbies since death or onto better place:

For You: A minus

Prince: B plus

Dirty Mind: A

Controversy: B

1999: A +

Purple Rain: A+

Around The World: A Minus

Parade: B plus

Sign O AAA +

Lovesexy: A Minus

Batman: B

Black Album: B

Graffiti Bridge: B +

Diamonds and Pearls: B

Symbol: A

Hits, B-sides: A

Come: B plus

Gold: A +

Emancipation: A minus.

The Truth: A

Crystal Ball: B minus

Rave un2: B

Brainblow Chickens: B

One Night Alone: B plus

Xpectation--News: C

Musicology: B plus

Chocolate Invasion: B plus

Slaughterhouse: B minus

20Ten: B minus

Plectrum: B minus

Art Official Age: C

Hitnrun: B minus

Planet Earth: B plus...

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Reply #7 posted 09/11/17 5:50pm

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For You - A - (REALLY got into this album in past year, having learned more about Prince's beginnings in industry, early writing process, etc. Never connected to it in prior years).

Prince - B+ (Several highlights)

Dirty Mind - A (obviously a career highlight, somewhat cut-and-dried)

Controversy - A (I've always preferred to dirty mind)

1999 - A (For me, the genius of this album is the non-hits. Lady Cab Driver, Something in the Water, Automatic. Damn.)

Purple Rain - A (Flows from beginning to end as seamlessly as Ziggy Stardust.)

ATWIAD - A (Rasberry Beret was my introduction to Prince, CONDITION OF THE HEART amazes me)

Parade - A+ (My all time favorite)

Sign of the Times - A (Never liked Gonna be a Beautiful Night; otherwise perfect.)

Lovesexy - A (Second Favorite)

Batman - B (Electric Chair is a favorite of mine)

Graffiti Bridge - B+ (Obsessed with Joy in Repetition, can take or leave most of the balance of album).

Diamond and Pearls - C (just don't feel this album at all)

prince - B (sometimes I think this is one of his best, other times I find it tedious. The album I am most torn on.)

The Hits - A+ (B SIDES!)

Come - A- (really like the darker edge. Almost a Velvet Underground vibe on this)

The Black Album - B+ (never got into it)

The Exodus - B+

The Gold Experience - A (LOVE the sound of the album. Wish I owned on Vinyl).

Chaos and Disorder - B (generally like it)

Emancipation - A- (Went nuts for this when it came out. Understand the criticism on production. In retrospect you can divide career "before Emancipation, after Emancipation")

Crystal Ball - B+ (eh.)

The Truth - B (never grabbed me)

Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - B+ (Love the second half of the album.)

Newpower Soul - B (dismissed this originally, some of it grew. Late 90s were tough)

The Rainbow Children - A- (LOVED upon release. Last December is deep.)

One Night Alone - B

One Night Alone Live B (the version of Joy in Repetition rocks)

The Chocolate Invasion - B

Slaughterhouse - B

Musicology - B+ (For me Stronger than everything that followed, except for AOA.)

3121 - B- (no edge)

Planet Earth - B- (was let down)

Lotusflow3r - B+ (love the guitar sound)

MPLSound - B

20ten - B-

Plectrumelectrum - C (great live work, the concept always puzzled me)

Art Official Age - A++ (BY FAR my favorite album post-Lovesexy. Kind of interesting to view this record released nearly two decades after Emancipation. The years that followed did not bring the domestic bliss celebrated on that record, had twists and turns, and a career resurgence. But, we hear the sound of a man who had lived many lives, and was clearly dealing with some real issues, after hearing Breakdown I knew this was a next level work. Religious conversion had not brought the inner peace it had promise, and from that pain came some phenominal art. I believe this was meant to be a final statement.)

Hitnrun Phase One - C (June should have been on AOA.)

HitnRun Phase Two - B+ (great organic sound)

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Reply #8 posted 09/12/17 12:41am

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For You: B-

Prince: A

Dirty Mind: B+

Controversy: B+

1999: A +

Purple Rain: A+

Around The World: B+

Parade: B+

Sign O A-

Lovesexy: B

Batman: B

Black Album: B-

Graffiti Bridge: B

Diamonds and Pearls: B

Symbol: A-

Hits, B-sides: A-

Come: A-

Gold: A+

Emancipation: B-

The Truth: B

Crystal Ball: B+

Rave un2: B-

Rainbow Children: C

One Night Alone: B

Xpectation--News: C

Musicology: B

Lotus B+

Mpls Sound - C

Vault OFFS B

C & D C+

Chocolate Invasion: C

Slaughterhouse: C

20Ten: B-

Plectrum: B+

Art Official Age: A-

Hitnrun: B-

Planet Earth C+

Hitnrun2: B

Have you had your plus sign (+) today?
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Reply #9 posted 09/12/17 4:34am

databank

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Certainly not.

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Reply #10 posted 09/12/17 5:23am

TheFman

For You - 8.1/10
Prince - 8/10
Dirty Mind - 8.3/10
Controversy - 8.4/10
1999 - 9.9/10
Purple Rain - 10/10
Around the World in a Day - 8.2/10
Parade - 9.7/10
Sign O the Times - 8.8/10
Black Album - 7.5/10
Lovesexy - 8.6/10
Batdance the album - 6.7/10
Graffiti Bridge - 7.3/10
Diamonds & Pearls - 7.1/10
LoveSymbol - 5.2/10
Goldnigga - 3.3/10
Come - 6.2/10
The Gold Experience - 7.4/10
Exodus - 4.7/10
Chaos and Disorder - 7.8/10
Emancipation - 5.9/10
Crystal Ball - 4.1/10
KamaSutra - 2.2/10
The Vault - 6.6/10
New Power Soul - 4.7/10
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - 4.3/10
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic - 3.4/10
The Rainbow Children - 6.8/10
One Nite Alone - 6.7/10
Xpecation - 3.4/10
C-Note - 5.8/10
N.E.W.S. - 6.4/10
The Chocolate Invasion - 4.4/10
The Slaughterhouse - 4.4/10
Musicology - 5.1/10
3121 - 7.2/10
Planet Earth - 7.0/10
Lotusflow3r - 6.1/10
MPLsound - 3.8/10
20Ten - 5.6/10
Plectrumelectrum - 6.2/10
Art Official Age - 6.3/10
HitnRun Part 1 - 5.8/10
HitnRun Part 2 - 6.2/10

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Reply #11 posted 09/12/17 6:43pm

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For You - B
Prince - B
Dirty Mind - A+
Controversy - B+
1999 - A+
Purple Rain - A+
Around the World in a Day - A-
Parade - A+
Sign O the Times - A+
Black Album - A-
Lovesexy - A-
Batdance the album - B
Graffiti Bridge - B-
Diamonds & Pearls - B
LoveSymbol - C
Come - B-
The Gold Experience - A-
Exodus - B
Chaos and Disorder - B-
Emancipation - B
Crystal Ball - A-
The Truth - B-
The Vault - B+
New Power Soul - B-
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - C
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic - B
The Rainbow Children - B+
One Nite Alone - C
Xpecation - C
C-Note - B-
N.E.W.S. - C
The Chocolate Invasion - B
The Slaughterhouse - C
Musicology - B
3121 - B
Planet Earth - B-
Lotusflow3r - A
MPLsound - C
20Ten - B-
Plectrumelectrum - C
Art Official Age - A
HitnRun Part 1 - B
HitnRun Part 2 - B
We're gonna need a bigger boat
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Reply #12 posted 09/12/17 6:58pm

thisisreece

For You - D
Prince - B -
Dirty Mind - A+
Controversy - A -
1999 - A+
Purple Rain - A+
Around the World in a Day - A-
Parade - A+
Sign O the Times - A+
Black Album - A -
Lovesexy - A -
Batman - C
Graffiti Bridge - C -
Diamonds & Pearls - C -
LoveSymbol - B -
Come - B

The Undertaker (Adding this) - A -
The Gold Experience - B
Exodus - B -
Chaos and Disorder - B -

The War (Adding this too) - A -

Emancipation - C +
Crystal Ball - B
The Truth - B +
The Vault - B +
New Power Soul - D +
Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic - C +
Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic - C +
The Rainbow Children - A +
One Nite Alone - B +
Xpecation - B
C-Note - C
N.E.W.S. - B
The Chocolate Invasion - C -
The Slaughterhouse - C -
Musicology - B
3121 - B
Planet Earth - C +
Lotusflow3r - A
MPLsound - D +
20Ten - C +
Plectrumelectrum - C +
Art Official Age - C +
HitnRun Part 1 - D -
HitnRun Part 2 - B -

(13 A's, 15 B's, 13 C's, 3 D's)

[Edited 9/12/17 18:59pm]

Hundalasiliah!
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Reply #13 posted 09/14/17 10:28am

IstenSzek

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databank said:

Certainly not.


falloff i see what you did there love


and true love lives on lollipops and crisps
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Reply #14 posted 09/15/17 2:00pm

swissbeats2k

2freaky4church1 said:

We do this annually. Since so many newbies since death or onto better place:

For You: A minus

Prince: B plus

Dirty Mind: A

Controversy: B

1999: A +

Purple Rain: A+

Around The World: A Minus

Parade: B plus

Sign O AAA +

Lovesexy: A Minus

Batman: B

Black Album: B

Graffiti Bridge: B +

Diamonds and Pearls: B

Symbol: A

Hits, B-sides: A

Come: B plus

Gold: A +

Emancipation: A minus.

The Truth: A

Crystal Ball: B minus

Rave un2: B

Brainblow Chickens: B

One Night Alone: B plus

Xpectation--News: C

Musicology: B plus

Chocolate Invasion: B plus

Slaughterhouse: B minus

20Ten: B minus

Plectrum: B minus

Art Official Age: C

Hitnrun: B minus

Planet Earth: B plus...

AOA should not be graded a "C" it needs to at least by a B+. You wrong for that...

MJB2
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