Parade: Music from the Motion Picture "Under the Cherry Moon"
Alternative Rock and Soundtracks album by Prince
Calling this one of Prince's most interesting albums doesn't do justice to how kicky and playable it is. The soundtrack from his failed romantic comedyUnder the Cherry Moon, the disc often sounds like a preview of the supremely surefooted quirkiness … see full wiki
Prince's last record with the Revolution is a parade, alright. It's a straightforward attack on listeners, with taut, sensuous weapons. The attack plan is a little more abstract than it should be, since it is a soundtrack, but it's more than enough to get even the most comatose and cretinous persons shaking and feeling the music. Speaking of which, Prince has moved on not just from his past image--notice the slick, basic, new Prince on the album cover--but also from the messianic rock of "1999" and "Purple Rain." He's no more humble, but he's much more baroque (the old Prince wouldn't have written a lyric like "No one plays the clarinet like you play my heart"). As a whole, the album is Prince's most cohesive effort, thanks in part to "Sgt. Pepper"-esque vision and sequencing. The production is knock-down drag-out flawless: just experience "Kiss," the lead single, maybe the strongest argument for minimalism since Joni Mitchell's "Blue." He's smarter than he was on "Around the World in a Day," too, which was really good, but didn't really feature any exciting new thoughts. He devotes an entire album, for the eighth time, to romance, lust, and love, his strengths, but he only grants tricky old death one line, in the poignant "Sometimes It Snows in April": "Sometimes I wish life was neverending/And all good things, they say, never last." He even makes like he might mellow and offers, "I love you baby, I love you so much/Maybe we can stay in touch." Yeah, right.
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