Purple Rain



by Scott Herren USER (42 Reviews)
January 16th, 2005 | 35 replies

Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Released: 1984

#72 on Rolling Stone Top Albums List

Purple Rain, Prince's 6th album, was an album made for the purpose of making Prince into a superstar, and that is exactly what it did (the album hit #1 on the Billboard 200, and #1 on the top R&B/Hip Hop albums in 1984). On this album, Prince blends his R&B and Funk roots with Pop and Rock. He also at times ventures into Psychedelia. The presence of the Revolution as his backing bands gives the songs a sharper, more aggressive feel. This album was very experimental for 1984, and it is still one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded.

Let's Go Crazy
This song starts off with a droning organ, and Prince "preaching". It is him telling us about the afterlife. Finally drums come in, and the song gets a bit funky. There are some electric guitars, a cool keyboard riff, and the vocals are R&B style. The chorus is the best part of the song, when the background vocals come in to join Prince and sing "I 'aint gonna let the elevator bring us down, let's go crazy". At the 4:00 mark there is a pretty sweet guitar solo. This is a really good upbeat song, with lots of soul in the vocals. 5/5

Take Me With U
This song has a bit of a spooky feel to it with the strings at the beginning. Then the drums come in and the song goes to a major key. The vocals are ok, nothing too special. This song is really poppy, and is a love type of song with the lyrics "I don't care what we do, I don't care pretty baby, just take me with you". I think it is a pretty good song, but not great. 3.5/5

The Beautiful Ones
This song starts of with some electro pop dark noises, then it is joined by a pulsing keyboard riff, and falsetto dreamy vocals. The vocals are very nicely sung, and the song has a sort of magical feel. It is another poppy type of love song. Instrumentally this is about as minimalistic as the album gets as it has very little percussion, and just the keyboard riff and synth strings as accompaniment. I think this is a pretty good song. 4/5

Computer Blue
This song has a very different feel from the previous songs. It has a screaming guitar at the beginning which intros to a funky rock n roll style riff. What is really odd about this song is the vocals, and the effects put on the vocals. They are really strange. There are some strings to accompany a long guitar solo near the middle of the song, until about 30 seconds left when there is one last scream. The guitar solo is really the highlight of the song. This is another good one. 4.5/5

Darling Nikki
This song is about sexual escapades with a girl named Nikki. The mood is dark, and the lyrics of the song really stand out. The instruments are a simple guitar riff, and somewhat obnoxious percussion. This is the funkiest song to this point at least, and seems to build up for the first half of the song. Then the last 45 seconds or so is all messing around with the vocals. Background vocals come in, and it sounds like they are playing in reverse. If not then they are just singing in jiberish. Yes, they are in reverse. That really doesn't fit with the rest of the song, but the first part of the song was really great. 4.5/5

When Doves Cry
There is a electric guitar riff intro to the song, and then some drums come in playing at a different tempo. The guitar quits, and gives way to a keyboard riff. When Princes vocals come in, it is just him singing with the percussion. The high melody part that comes in during the chorus is nice, but the best part of the song is the vocals right around the chorus. This is in fact my favorite vocal part on the album. Musically, the song is rather repetitive for the first half, but it is so catchy and good that that is ok. Then around the halfway point of the song, there are different vocals, and an electric guitar comes in to add to the percussion. It is clear that the guitar is the focus of this section. Then right before the end, it goes back to what made the first half so great, only he plays around with the vocals, changing them up a bit for the ending. This is probably the best song on the album, and is my favorite. 5/5

I Would Die 4 U
This song is mostly percussion driven. There song is really echoey, and really typical of a pop song from this time period. Most of the music is synthesized. It is not bad for a pop song, but the song isn't one of the stronger on this particular album. What does save it is the attitude in the vocals. 3/5

Baby, I'm A Star
This song starts off with a big drum beat, and some piano/keyboards. Prince gives some Michael Jackson type yells. When the main vocals for the song acutally come in, they are really soulful. This is another of those songs that sounds dated in the 80s. For what it is, it is good, but this is another of the weaker songs on the album. There is one highlight near the end when a nice guitar solo comes in and they are singing "baby, baby, baby". 3/5

Purple Rain
This is the title song on the album, and the longest song. It is a true classic. This is a slower more downbeat song. There is a beautiful blend of strings and percussion. The vocals are beautiful especially on the chorus where Prince sings about "purple rain, purple rain, only want to see you underneath the purple rain". This song has the best atmosphere on the album, and the most raw emotion in the vocals I think. The album really climaxes on an incredible highlight, as I think this song is one of the best pop songs of all time. It has everything. Beautiful strings, great lyrics, raw emotion, great atmosphere, great guitar solo. This is just a great song to end an album on. 5/5

Even if you don't like pop music, Purple Rain is a combination of so many styles that there is probably something you will like on it. It is really accessible to almost everyone, and I would reccommend it to anyone. I can see why so many people think that this was one of the greatest albums of all time.

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The Ashtray Girl
November 17th 2004


Yay for Prince! I was thinking of getting into him recently, I shall check out this album.

Vunderful review :thumb:

November 17th 2004


This hadn't been done? :amaze: Great review man, and this is a quite incredible album, and one that, as you say, just about anyone can appreciate it. And Purple Rain (the song) = one of my all time favourite songs. Prince has never bettered this, and that says something.

Scott Herren
November 17th 2004


Album Rating: 5.0

Amazingly, no Prince albums had been done. I plan on doing Sign 'o' the Times in the near future.

November 17th 2004


Good album, but not his best.

November 18th 2004


This album is amazingly good, every song is great. Some probably do feel a bit dated and 80s, but that doesn't bother me, because I love 80s pop. This is probably my favourite pop CD. Prince is the man.

I would have rated some of the songs higher than you did (especially I Would Die 4 U), but it's a great review.

November 18th 2004


I'm not a big fan of Prince, but thanks to a 70s and 80s pop obsessed friend I've listened to pretty much all of his stuff, a lot. He's a great artist, in his own way, I just can't like him much myself.

November 18th 2004


Purple Rain is one of the best albums of all time, and the title track, omg indeed.

Distorted Vision
November 18th 2004


Good review, but darn it Scott, I was planning on reviewing it in the next week or so. I guess I should have put dibs on it or something.

Anyway, Prince is probably my favourite pop artist, a truly great musician, and this is a classic album. It's also my favourite of his albums, I know there's a lot of debate, but there's just something about it I love more than the others. Maybe the fact I don't have Sign 'O' The Times actually on CD is part of that, but whatever.

Also, Purple Rain is my second favourite ballad ever (behind Lover, You Should've Come Over). I don't know why you rated I Would Die 4 U so low though.

Scott Herren
November 18th 2004


Album Rating: 5.0

Distorted, you can do Sign 'o' the Times if you want. Sorry, I was actually pretty surprised when I looked on the list and this wasn't done, so I did it.

Distorted Vision
November 18th 2004


Nah you do it man, like I said I don't have the album yet so I wouldn't be able to.

I'm going to get to work on my Born To Run review before anyone gets that.

March 10th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

I love this review, and this album.

April 25th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, Ive got to get this album sometime. I'm just getting into Prince and he so damn good, Cant believe I didnt start listening to him sooner actually.

Be cool if people started doing some more reviews of his albums. I'll do one on his Hits/B-sides CD sometime soon.

April 25th 2006


This doesn't show up on the artist page. :-/ I might do Sign O'The Times next time I'm in a review writing mood. Prince does need more reviews done of his back catalogue.

October 7th 2006


nice review. i like one prince song i heard but i dont know the name of it. i would probably like this. also anyone notice it say theres 31 comments on here but theres only 15 (16 coutning mine)?

December 5th 2006


Prince is the man. The only guy who can substitute "you" with "U" in a song title and look cool doing it. (Fuck U Kelly Clarkson and Pink)

December 8th 2006


This album looks great.

July 26th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Quality album...

October 4th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, bro! Check out my (never-ending) list of Prince reviews if you get a chance!

October 24th 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

I love this album and I think Prince is one of the most underrated guitarists out there.

August 27th 2009


Album Rating: 5.0

One of two Prince albums I like

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