What Happened to Prince?

Yes, it’s my third post in a row on Prince. I just read two biographies of him (a third is on interlibrary loan), and the hyperfocus part of my ADD is in overdrive. Bear with me. I recently listened to Prince’s entire catalog as I read his biographies, trying to put each album in context along …

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Top 5 Prince Covers That Were Better Than the Original

Prince has been a very generous songwriter. He’s given away hundreds of songs to artists (mostly his protegé groups such as the Time, the Family, Sheila E. and Vanity 6). Others have decided to cover his songs, and most of the time a cover isn’t as good as the original. But in a few cases, the …

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Prince’s Greatest Album: Dream Factory

It’s a shame that Prince’s greatest album was never released. In the 1980s, Prince reached his commercial peak in 1984 with the smash album and movie Purple Rain. He followed that up quickly (and rather unceremoniously) with the eclectic and disjointed Around the World in a Day, which left many fans scratching their heads. But …

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Desert Island Discs: ‘Disintegration,’ the Cure

If you’re ever deserted on an island, with little hope of rescue, you’d want albums that would keep your spirits high and help you hope for the future. So I have to admit that Disintegration would make a lousy album to have with you; within two weeks you’d hang yourself from the nearest palm tree, …

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Album Review: ‘Pop2!’, Dana Countryman

The subtitle for Dana Countryman’s second solo album, “Pop2!”, is “The Exploding Musical Mind of Dana Countryman.” While that may seem a bit self-serving for an album title, it’s apt: Countryman’s mind is exploding with music from the 1960s and 1970s. He seems to have found a formula for the prototypical 70s soft-rock song, and …

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Lesley Gore: 1946-2015

Most of the obituaries for Lesley Gore, who died Feb. 16 at the age of 68, listed “It’s My Party” as the classic teen angst song, long before Taylor Swift or Debbie Gibson tried the same thing. But honestly, I’ve never really paid that much attention to the lyrics outside of the chorus. Ah, the chorus. …

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