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Thread started 04/21/06 12:35pm

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What are Prince's Most UNDERRATED Albums and his Most OVERRATED Albums

MOST UNDERRATED Albums:

1. 3121
2. Come
3. Emancipation
4. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic
5. Musicology


MOST OVERRATED Albums

1. 1999
2. Controversy
3. The Gold Experience
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Reply #1 posted 04/21/06 12:38pm

superspaceboy

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Underated:

Prince
1999
Parade
3121
Rainbow CHildren
Come
Chocolate Invasion
Slaughterhouse
Rave In2


OverRated

Purple Rain
ATWIAD
SOTT
Gold Experience
D&P
[Edited 4/21/06 12:38pm]

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Reply #2 posted 04/21/06 12:40pm

Krystal666

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Most overrated?...Parade

Most underrated?....Prince album my favorite! YAY! woot!
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Reply #3 posted 04/21/06 1:17pm

Pheromone28

do you mean as far as the general public or just the fan base when it comes to albums being overrated or underrated?

IMHO, The Gold Experience is UNDERRATED.that album has "studio fire".

one of my faves thumbs up!
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Reply #4 posted 04/21/06 1:44pm

CaptainJack

most OVERRATED are definitely LOVESEXY
god, I hate that album.
and Diamonds and Pearls, but it's not bad

Most underrated

Rave
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Reply #5 posted 04/21/06 2:06pm

Rinluv

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All I know is For You is a very underated album.
Some people think I'm kinda cute
But that don't compute when it comes 2 Y-O-U.
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Reply #6 posted 04/21/06 2:20pm

face1919

Chaos and Disorder-underrated so Right the Wrong.
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Reply #7 posted 04/21/06 2:24pm

DarkKnight1

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Overrated----Lovesexy

Underrated--- prince prince
(Insert something clever here)
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Reply #8 posted 04/21/06 2:30pm

twister6

Overrated - Graffiti Bridge
Underrated - For You
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Reply #9 posted 04/21/06 2:32pm

skywalker

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Overrated----most albums released before 1989

Underrated---most albums released from 1989 onwards.

I know that is a sweeping statement, but there is a HEAVY bias towards early Prince.
"New Power slide...."
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Reply #10 posted 04/21/06 2:35pm

twister6

skywalker said:

Overrated----most albums released before 1989

Underrated---most albums released from 1989 onwards.

I know that is a sweeping statement, but there is a HEAVY bias towards early Prince.


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Reply #11 posted 04/21/06 2:56pm

ingela

Most overrated by a long shot, The Gold Experiance & The Rainbow Children.
Prince music and lyrics at their absolute god awfull worst.
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Reply #12 posted 04/21/06 3:00pm

dammme

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CaptainJack said:

most OVERRATED are definitely LOVESEXY
god, I hate that album.
and Diamonds and Pearls, but it's not bad

Most underrated

Rave

Maybe overrated but still great album
"Todo está bien chévere" Stevie
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Reply #14 posted 04/21/06 3:01pm

bigsexy

Overrated:

1.Lovesexy
2.TRC

Underated:

1.symbol album
2.Gold Experience
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Reply #15 posted 04/21/06 3:05pm

dammme

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bigsexy said:

Overrated:

1.Lovesexy
2.TRC

Underated:

1.symbol album
2.Gold Experience

Agree with Symbol, very underrated
"Todo está bien chévere" Stevie
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Reply #16 posted 04/21/06 3:24pm

PrettyMan72

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Underrated (general public):

For You
Prince
Controversy
Parade
Batman
The Gold Experience
The Rainbow Children

Overrated (Fan Base):

The Symbol Album - Nice effort, but the hip-hop kills my liking of this cd.
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Reply #17 posted 04/21/06 3:41pm

prndc33

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[list]1999> 4-U> Purple Rain> Rainbow C.Underated> Crystalball>Rave>Batman>Truth
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Reply #18 posted 04/21/06 3:50pm

bunnyman

underrated:
Lovesexy

How'd you like them apples. It deserves no ill will at all.
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Reply #19 posted 04/21/06 4:18pm

eccotides

Overrated:

Controversy
1999

Underrated:

Batman
Chaos and Disorder
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Reply #20 posted 04/21/06 7:44pm

gcu1

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skywalker said:

Overrated----most albums released before 1989

Underrated---most albums released from 1989 onwards.

I know that is a sweeping statement, but there is a HEAVY bias towards early Prince.



Agreed!

For me, most specifically, Dirty Mind is his weakest, flattest, most overrated uninspired effort to date. On those rare occasions when I actually attempt to listen to it, I thank GOD for Newpower Soul...or just about any other Prince album for that matter...including Kamasutra!!!
Just say "NO" to cow mucus consumption!
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Reply #21 posted 04/21/06 8:18pm

UndercovaBroth
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Underrated:

Batman OST (1989)

© Warner Bros



Graffiti Bridge (1990)

© Parke



Chaos & Disorder (1996)

© Parke



Come (1993)

© Terry Gydesen



Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999)

© Parke

Ooh, little darlin' if you're
free 4 a couple of hours (Free 4 a couple of hours)
If U ain't busy 4 the next 7 years (Next 7 years)
Say, let's pretend we're married and go all night
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Reply #22 posted 04/21/06 8:40pm

wonder505

You got my vote on underrated: Rave Un2 Joy Fantastic
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Reply #23 posted 04/21/06 10:11pm

Imago

Most Underrated Albums:

1) prince . This is a flawed masterpiece. But all of Prince's great albums except Purple Rain are flawed masterpieces.
2) Emancipation. Not the album Prince was born to make, but I like about 30 of the 36 songs on the 3 hour opus. That's one hell of an achievment.
3) Around The World In A Day - Although his cross over appeal became apperent in albums like 1999 and Purple Rain, this is the one that really showed that Prince was willing to paint with an enormous palette.

I would normally say The Gold Experience,but considering I've not read any "bad" reviews of it, I didn't list it. shrug


Most Overrated Albums (here's where the true blasphemy begins)
1) Dirty Mind - The title track is repititious to the point of boring me to tears, the falsetta isn't all that impressive, and with the exception of "Head", "Sister" and "When U Were Mine", the songs are generic and sound too similar to each other. I do like the garage band spirit to it, but it's not enough to make the album all that interesting to me.
2) 1999 - Don't get me wrong. I really really like this album. "Little Red Corvette", "delirious", and "DMSR" are some of the funkiest songs in Prince's arsenal. And almost as good are "Lady Cab Driver", "A-U-T-omatic", and "Something in the Water". But I'm stunned by the praise this album gets in comparision to some of his other albums (see underrated list)
3) Sign of The Times - Often billed as his best album by fans, this confuses me. This is by far, consistently on my top 5 favorite Prince albums list. Of All his albums this one desperately needs to be remastered. To Me, SOTT is on par with Purple Rain, but PR beats it out--it's shorter and fiercer. It rocks more than SOTT, and it's single ballad "The Beautiful Ones" is more powerful than any of the ballads on SOTT. And it's anthem "Purple Rain" is better than "The Cross"--SOTT's anthem. Don't shoot me people, I still love the shit out of SOTT. I just think it's a bit overrated.
4) LoveSexy - another album I love, but is overrated. "I Know" is not an emotionally uplifting song, "Alphabet Street" is almost completely ruined by the rap (and I've never heard a live version of it I liked), Anne Stesia is very powerful but ends a bit campy with the whole "Love is god, god is love" bit, "When 2 R In Love" is a great ballad, but not all that emotionally moving, and "Positivity" sounds like the afterbirth of a b-side. Yet Prince had some genius in creating the album becuase the sum total of the album is far stronger than it's individual parts. shrug
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Reply #24 posted 04/22/06 2:02am

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Overrated:
Parade
Lovesexy
N.E.W.S.
Musicology

Underrated:
The Black Album
Batman
prince
The Hits/B-Sides
Come
Gold
Chaos & Disorder
Emancipation
Crystal Ball
New Power Soul
The Vault
Rave
The Rainbow Children

[Edited 4/22/06 5:15am]
"Make Love, Not War. Erotic City Come Alive." - the extended title of "Erotic City."
"Don't dance with the devil in the pale moonlight. The curious try and always die." - in the Batman album liner notes by Prince. prince
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Reply #25 posted 04/22/06 2:23am

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Most overrated has got 2 be Purple Rain

Underrated is any from the last decade
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Reply #26 posted 04/22/06 4:31am

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skywalker said:

Overrated----most albums released before 1989

Underrated---most albums released from 1989 onwards.

I know that is a sweeping statement, but there is a HEAVY bias towards early Prince.


I wanted to write an individual answer, but why should I when you already gave the perfect answer? thumbs up!
prince
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Reply #27 posted 04/22/06 4:49am

mancabdriver

overrated:

lovesexy
the rainbow children (by fans)

underrated:

Graffiti Bridge
rave un2 the joy fantastic
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Reply #28 posted 04/22/06 4:54am

Nasalhair

Overrated (in no particular order):
"1999" - Never seen the appeal in it at all. First heard the album in 1988 after being a fan for four years and it just left me cold. Overlong, repetitive, and really rather weak.
"Lovesexy" - Has some great songs, but also a lot of filler. Often overcrowded in the mix and just a mess.
"SOTT" - When it is good it is unsurpassed, but when it is bad it is filler. Whenever I listen to it I stop disk 1 after "Starfish and Coffee" and disk 2 after "ICNTTPOYM".
"Controversy" - The first time I heard it I loved it, but my mood quickly changed. The first three tracks are good, but the second side is dross.
"Symbol" - Again, loved it at the time but I tired of it VERY quickly. Too much Tony M, too much substandard R&B, too many tracks that start well but quickly fizzle out (such as "Love 2 the 9s" and "The Continental").
"3121" - Prince-lite. "Black Sweat" and "Fury" when played live promised so much, but the album is just bland.

Underrated (in no particular order):
"Parade" - The sound of summertime, gorgeous production, lush strings, fantastic songs, funky as hell, and the opening six tracks... sheesh.
"ATWIAD" - Everyone cried "it's not 'Purple Rain'!" at the time but this is underlines what I once loved about Prince - you never knew what he was going to do next, how he would sound, how he would look. At one time every album he did was different, the songs took weird turns and strange sounds popped up into the mix, and "ATWIAD" really showcases this. Took me a year to love it, but once I did I was smitten.
"The Gold Experience" - His last classic. Fantastic "live" sound to it and some stunning songs. Still some drivel, but the good outweighs the bad.
"Graffiti Bridge" - Remove the non-Prince tracks and you have some real classics in here. "Joy in Repetition", "Thieves...", "We Can Funk", "The Question of U" - need I say more? (And yes, I actually don't mind the title track).
"The Black Album" - Fantastic, pure "dark" Prince, full of odd moments and some awesome tracks. If you heard it back in '87-'88 or thereabouts it will have blown you away, as it did with me. On the other hand if you are hearing it now after all the hype you'll probably be a little disappointed.
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Reply #29 posted 04/22/06 5:50am

CaptainJack

rudeboynpg said:

Overrated:
Parade
Lovesexy
N.E.W.S.
Musicology

Underrated:
The Black Album
Batman
prince
The Hits/B-Sides
Come
Gold
Chaos & Disorder
Emancipation
Crystal Ball
New Power Soul
The Vault
Rave
The Rainbow Children

[Edited 4/22/06 5:15am]


Is NEWS over-rated??
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