Prince and the Revolution – Around the world in a day
Let’s stay in the eighties – the era that brought forth many abominations like parachute pants, pastel blazers and menacingly excessive use of shoulder padding. While the late sixties and seventies have birth to many great bands and styles, this time seemed to have strengthened corporate dominance over art, especially music. Prince managed to be popular while doing his own thing and hardly backing down in the face of corporate dictators. Always the rebel he did not follow his huge worldwide successful Purple Rain with more of the same. This album is more funky, jumpy, weird, with many thoughts on society, religion and relationships, politics, spirituality and simply love. Backed by the amazing band The Revolution, this effort is as trippy as you can get. The ambiguous androgynous bad boy from previous albums turned towards hippyism. But this is not him on an insecure path to self-awareness but matured and confident in him doing whatever he wants. His genius is greatly missed.