Sunday, March 18 2012
Prince and Rick James always knew there’s only one spot in the music business for a true super-freak, and in the early '80s both aimed to rule it.
Thursday, May 26 2011
Prince imbued his art with his idiosyncratic view of life, turning out music from the mind of a sex-obsessed deviant, a bomb-fearing party-animal, and a God-fearing man searching for a ways to reconcile the spiritual with the sexual… and so much more.
Thursday, June 4 2009
Some 25 years after it was released, PopMatters proudly celebrates Purple Rain in its entirety, looking at the album and film from every angle.
Thursday, June 4 2009
Hundreds have books have been written about Prince and the Revolution, looking for hints and clues about his life and motivations within his lyrics, his images, and film scripts. Yet there are two people who know Prince better than anyone else, and those are the people who were there when it all happened. Speaking exclusively to PopMatters, longtime prince manager Alan Leeds and Revolution keyboardist Matt Fink speak candidly about their experiences recording, filming, and making Purple Rain, and what it was truly like being inside the Revolution.
Wednesday, June 3 2009
Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence notes how that we often attribute artistic success to being able to reconstruct our influences to create something unique, yet, as we all know, it's much more complex than that. Analyzing similar conceptual ground covered by the Police and Michael Jackson prior to Purple Rain, James Fleming dissects Prince's reaction to these other artists landmark songs, and how he was able to manifest these other pop monoliths into his own, reactionary style.
Wednesday, April 17 2013
Critically, commercially and historically, gospel is the great overlooked American music, maybe because few genres of music force you to confront your beliefs so immediately.
Thursday, June 16 2011
A large part of what I love about Prince is his ability to take his influences and synthesize them into a whole that suits his fancy. So it's not so much that he brings a new dish to the table. It's more that he explores new ways to enjoy what's already there.
Sunday, February 4 2007
So many Prince albums, but where do you start? Here's a funky little list designed to aid your quest.
Tuesday, May 15 2012
A philosophical collection of essays dissecting the works and poses of Prince proves simultaneously fascinating and frustrating: their points are evocative, but the authors' personal weight in the matter breaks down subjectivity in the long run, hurting their cause.
Thursday, July 26 2007
Looking at the world through purple-colored glasses, opinions about music, especially Prince's, are all over the map.
Monday, December 11 2006
Prince's pansexual, pan racial, and Dionysian vision remains genuinely inspired, and inspiring, to this day.
Wednesday, March 29 2006
Many of the classic elements of a Prince record are here, but it also feels considerably safer -- like a poorly concealed attempt to recapture past glories at the expense of his wilder creative muse.
Tuesday, July 27 2004
Monday, December 9 2013
One major theme of this album seems to be "Meet my new band", yet to a decent extent that’s a ruse.
Monday, December 2 2013
It’s the way Diamonds and Pearls works; a couple lightweight space-fillers sit in between two stone-cold classics, one of which is an example of Prince's quasi-message songs.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
It’s a party, it’s a party song, its purpose is to maintain the impression that Prince’s new band can put on one hell of a show.
Monday, November 11 2013
Traffic horns, double negative,s and the word “psyche” populate one of Diamonds and Pearls' most frivolous songs.
Monday, November 4 2013
“Gett Off” ranks among the many examples in his discography of Prince twisting and turning his voice in unexpected ways.
Thursday, May 16 2013
DENVER — Prince pounded his rhinestone-encrusted cane into the floor to make a point. “I don’t have time for old people,” he insisted. “I want
Tuesday, September 25 2012
Like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, James Brown, Sly Stone and George Clinton before him, Prince is taking the notion of what live performance can be to another level by combining composition and improvisation, precision and spontaneity.
Friday, November 4 2011
MINNEAPOLIS — The band that made the Minneapolis Sound famous is back — with an asterisk. Make that two asterisks. First, it is the only band in