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Thread started 11/14/17 6:48am

LaurenceNoonan

Most Underrated Prince album from each decade ?

70s

1: For You

2: Prince

80s

1: Dirty Mind

2: Controversy

3: 1999

4: Purple Rain

5: Around The World In A Day

6: Parade

7: Sign 'O' The Times

8: LoveSexy

9: Batman

90s

1: Graffiti Bridge

2: Diamonds and Pearls

3: (Love Symbol)

4: The Hits/The B-Sides

5: Come

6: The Black Album

7: The Gold Experience

8: Chaos and Disorder

9: Emancipation

10: Crystal Ball/ The Truth?

11: OldFriends4Sale (The Vault)

12: Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic

00s

1: The Rainbow Children

2: One Night Alone...

3: Xpectation

4: N.E.W.S

5: Musicology

6: The Chocolate Invasion and The Slaughterhouse

7: 3121

8: Planet Earth

9: Lotusflow3r

10s

1: 20Ten

2: Plectrumelctrum

3: Art Offical Age

4: Hit 'n' Run Phase 1

5: Hit 'n' Run Phase 2

6: 4Ever


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Reply #1 posted 11/19/17 12:27am

MattyJam

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I think out of all of the 80s records, ATWIAD should be held in higher esteem.

In the 90s, Rave.

In the 00s, Planet Earth.

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Reply #2 posted 11/19/17 1:26pm

gandorb

1980s - ATWIAD by far
1990s - Graffiti Bridge
2000s - Chocolate Invasion
2010s - HnR2
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Reply #3 posted 11/19/17 8:06pm

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80s. Controversy
This is the album where he defined his sound. There, I said it. I have no idea why people consider Controversy to show no development. Dirty Mind is where he figured out a song writing style. Controversy was the sound. 1999 was the full package.
- Do Me Baby is the first of his powerful falsetto ballads, complete with screams.
- Private Joy is the introduction of the Lynn drum (I believe that’s right)
- Controversy lays out the Minneapolis sound.

90. The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
This album has some of his best organic, band music of his career. I can put this album on and just groove.
- When the Lights Go Down is a hypnotic groove with subtle but excellent singing and lyrics. I’d love a whole album like this.
- Extraordinary. My only complaint is it’s too short. Cool use of guitar in a ballad.
- Old Friends 4 Sale is great. Lyrics aren’t as good as the unreleased original, but the singing and music are better.

2000s. Xpectation
Prince’s most innovative jazz fusion album—-the violin by Vanessa Mae is a great addition. (I’ve tried listening to some of her other stuff, and I think Prince and the band brought out her best.) This album is consistently solid.

70s and 2010s, it’s hard to say what’s more or less underrated.
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Reply #4 posted 11/20/17 1:36am

LaurenceNoonan

In my honest opinion.

70s: For You

80s: Controversy (His best album.)

90s: The Crystal Ball or OldFriends4Sale.

00s: Not Sure


10s Hit N Run Phase 2.

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Reply #5 posted 11/20/17 1:37am

LaurenceNoonan

MattyJam said:

I think out of all of the 80s records, ATWIAD should be held in higher esteem.

In the 90s, Rave.

In the 00s, Planet Earth.

Thank u 4 reapling

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Reply #6 posted 11/20/17 2:35am

NorthC

Musicology and 20Ten don't get a lot of love here, but they're enjoyable records, so I guess we could call them underrated.
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Reply #7 posted 11/20/17 3:14am

67Cadillac

1970s - For You

1980s - Batman

1990s - Come

2000s - The Rainbow Children

2010s - Art Official Age

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Reply #8 posted 11/20/17 3:46am

LaurenceNoonan

NorthC said:

Musicology and 20Ten don't get a lot of love here, but they're enjoyable records, so I guess we could call them underrated.

When Musicology came out it was big and 2TEN I never saw anything on

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Reply #9 posted 11/20/17 4:17am

james

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In terms of the general public's knowledge of Prince albums:

80s: Controversy (More people should know this ground breaking album)

90s: Crystal Ball (Great selection of songs that only hardcore fans will have heard)

00s: One Night Alone (Same reason)

10s: AOA (Too little promotion for quite a good album)

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Reply #10 posted 11/20/17 6:54am

RJOrion

70s - For You
80s - Controversy
90s - Graffiti Bridge
00s - The Slaughterhouse
10s - 20Ten
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Reply #11 posted 11/20/17 7:18pm

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Controversy, is a step above form Dirty Mind and everyone regard it as a DM lesser version

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Reply #12 posted 11/21/17 3:31am

BoraBora



"N.E.W.S.".

The most underrated of all the decades.



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Reply #13 posted 11/21/17 6:18am

LaurenceNoonan

controversy99 said:

80s. Controversy This is the album where he defined his sound. There, I said it. I have no idea why people consider Controversy to show no development. Dirty Mind is where he figured out a song writing style. Controversy was the sound. 1999 was the full package. - Do Me Baby is the first of his powerful falsetto ballads, complete with screams. - Private Joy is the introduction of the Lynn drum (I believe that’s right) - Controversy lays out the Minneapolis sound. 90. The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale This album has some of his best organic, band music of his career. I can put this album on and just groove. - When the Lights Go Down is a hypnotic groove with subtle but excellent singing and lyrics. I’d love a whole album like this. - Extraordinary. My only complaint is it’s too short. Cool use of guitar in a ballad. - Old Friends 4 Sale is great. Lyrics aren’t as good as the unreleased original, but the singing and music are better. 2000s. Xpectation Prince’s most innovative jazz fusion album—-the violin by Vanessa Mae is a great addition. (I’ve tried listening to some of her other stuff, and I think Prince and the band brought out her best.) This album is consistently solid. 70s and 2010s, it’s hard to say what’s more or less underrated.

Agreed, thank u 4 replying

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Reply #14 posted 11/21/17 8:36am

TKO

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80s - Parade (His best album, better than Purple Rain and 1999, yes)

90s - Diamond & Pearls (A classic Prince album), Emancipation (love this one) and Come (because it's too good).

00s - Musicology (It has some filler but some of this best songs in years)

10s - Hit N Run Phase Two (It's a masterpiece andit ranks among his best 80s albums)

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Reply #15 posted 11/21/17 8:45am

jaawwnn

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70's - Ah, I suppose For You if only because some people think it's useless and it's not.

80's - probably Batman. Most people see it as barrel scraping or an exercise in vault clearing but I think he was really trying for something quite complex and new on this album.

90's - eh... New Power Soul? Whether or not it's a Prince album is up for debate but he certainly promoted it like it was a new Prince album and it's a lot better than it's reputation would have people believe. Come would be a close second imho

2000's - The Slaughterhouse. Took me a while to warm to it as well but it's very solid. I'd probably say most of the 2000's albums verge on overrated.

2010's - None. They were all reviewed as good as they were gonna be reviewed all things considered.

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