Yes, it might be a soundtrack, but it's certainly not a soundtrack to Tim Burton's movie, where Prince's songs, a stereotypically studio-enforced addition, were more distracting than helpful. On this album, they become something else: a soundtrack, yes, but a soundtrack to a film within Prince's mind. It even has vision (see "The Future" and "Electric Chair"). Criticism that these songs have just been yanked from Prince's vault may be true: the three recorded before the other six are definitely the best. "Vicki Waiting" is on par with the bulk of Prince's work, and is the best song on here, though the glimmering "Scandalous" is one of the best ballads he's ever recorded. Then you have the bizarre, ultra-campy "Batdance," which somehow remains hip as hell throughout itself. "Trust" and "Lemon Crush" are a little too mechanical, but they help keep the album uneven--which is one of its most attractive attributes. Comic fans or even fans of the movie might have a hard time connecting with this stuff, but Prince fans ought to dig it.
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