Prince – Controversy (1981) – Lp
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop.
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog# WB 56950
Controversy is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 14, 1981 by Warner Bros. Records.
Controversy is “Prince’s first attempt to get you to love him for his mind, not just his body”, as it “refines the propulsive funk of previous albums and adds treatises on religion, work, nuclear war and Abscam.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic also remarked on its music in how it “continues in the same vein of new wave-tinged funk on Dirty Mind, emphasizing Prince’s fascination with synthesizers and synthesizing disparate pop music genres”.
Controversy begins with its title track, which raises questions that were being asked about him at the time, including his race and sexuality. The song “flirts with blasphemy” by including a chant of The Lord’s Prayer. “Do Me, Baby” is an “extended bump-n-grind” ballad with explicitly sexual lyrics, and “Ronnie, Talk to Russia” is a politically charged plea to President Ronald Reagan. “Private Joy” is a bouncy bubblegum pop-funk tune, “showing off Prince’s lighter side”, followed by “Annie Christian”, which lists historical events such as the murder of African-American children in Atlanta and the death of John Lennon. The album’s final song, “Jack U Off”, is a synthesized rockabilly-style track.
This was the first of his albums to associate Prince with the color purple as well as the first to use sensational spelling in his song titles.
1. Controversy (7:15)
2. Sexuality (4:21)
3. Do Me, Baby (7:43)
1. Private Joy (4:29)
2. Ronnie, Talk to Russia (1:58)
3. Let’s Work (3:54)
4. Annie Christian (4:22)
5. Jack U Off (3:09)