Happy 30th anniversary to one of my favourite albums of all time - Sign O' The Times by Prince.
Every artist who's been in the game for a long time has one quintessential 'magnum opus' , a masterpiece that shows off what they're fully capable of. Stevie Wonder had 'Songs In The Key Of Life' , Marvin Gaye had 'What& #39;s Going On' , and Prince had 'Sign O' The Times' . Prince is my all time favourite artist, and with a career stretching almost 40 years, and 39 albums, it's hard to pick just one body of work that ticks all the boxes - 'Sign O' The Times' is the closest thing to a near perfect album in my opinion. I could talk forever about each track on the record, but here are my main highlights:
The extended, album version of the title track opens the record, and I never get sick of hearing it. The low-fi vibe makes it sound so timeless, and the subject matter of the lyrics still rings true today. Prince's bluesy guitar work in the closing minutes of the track really take it to the next level.
I've never heard such an intricate percussion section tie in so effortless with the constant bass-slapping, and silky vocals heard throughout 'The Ballad of Dorothy Parker' . Definitely a stand-out portion of the album for me.
Lastly, 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' has to be one of my favourite songs. Sung in the voice of Prince's alter-ego, Camille, it's so minimal and complex at the same time. Love the lyrics.
Like most Prince albums, the majority of tracks on this one are produced, arranged, composed and performed almost entirely by the man himself - and the result is nothing short of brilliant.
If you don't know too much about Prince's individual albums, I strongly suggest starting with this album.