Prince
Controversy
Label ©  Warner Bros
Release Year  1981
Length  37:13
Genre  Funk
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  P-0179
Bitrate  128 Kbps
  Other  
  Info   ·Have it On Vinyl
    Track Listing:
      1.  
      Controversy  
       7:16  
      2.  
      Sexuality  
       4:21  
      3.  
      Do Me, Baby  
       7:43  
      4.  
      Private Joy  
       4:37  
      5.  
      Ronnie Talk To Russia  
       1:51  
      6.  
      Let's Work  
       3:53  
      7.  
      Annie Christian  
       4:23  
      8.  
      Jack U Off  
       3:09  
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      Written, produced, arranged, and performed by that little old funkmaster, Controversy hit stores in 1981 and still rocks 17 years later. As the title suggests, the subject matter Prince tackles here was meant to spark discussion. From the nasty anthems "Sexuality" and "Do Me Baby", to the slice of '80s political commentary "Ronnie Talk to Russia" and "Annie Christian," Prince does just that. Oh, and he doesn't forget about the booty either, making this the ultimate agit-prop, sex-you-up soundtrack. --Amy Linden

      Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

      Controversy 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. It is also more ambitious than its predecessor, attempting to tackle social protest ("Controversy," "Ronnie, Talk to Russia," "Annie Christian") along with sex songs ("Jack U Off," "Sexuality"), and it tries hard to bring funk to a rock audience and vice versa. Even with all of Prince's ambitions, the music on Controversy doesn't represent a significant breakthrough from Dirty Mind, and it is often considerably less catchy and memorable. Nevertheless, Prince's talents as musician make the record enjoyable, even if it isn't as compelling as most of his catalog.
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