Sign 'O' The Times (studio album) by Prince
Sign 'O' The Times is ranked as the best album by Prince.
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 81.1/100, a mean average of 80.0/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 81.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.2.
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The way Prince tackles different genres is extremely impressive on this release. He sounds just as comfortable in R&B as he does in Soul and funk and he does a great job in fusing the three whilst maintaining his pop style as well. However, this is a long record and it does drag especially with the elongated conclusions to his songs like on Hot Thing. In my opinion, there isn't a double album worth of content on here with there being a lot of filler and slower moments. Despite this, the opening track is fantastic along with Starfish And Coffee and a few others that elevate this album significantly. Overall, this isn't my favourite Prince record and he does have better releases that are much more consistent and cohesive for me.
Impressive album, but I'm not as crazy about it as Purple Rain. I feel that it has a lot of bangers, but could have been shorter, because there are some weak ones too. I really like genre fusion that he does here it makes the album more entertaining.
This album is just the best album of the 80s maybe even of all time it's so expansive, prince hits new heights with this album.
A mild personal dilemma, as I listen to this record.
On the one hand, I don’t like double albums and there’s not two albums worth of great songs.
On the other hand, Prince is so comfortable in so many different musical genres, that he almost needs all 16 songs to cover all that he’s capable of. Said differently, not every song is very good, but none of the songs drag.
Album Rating: 80.44
1. "Sign o' the Times" 4:57 - 91
2. "Play in the Sunshine" 5:06 - 80
3. "Housequake" 4:40 - 71
4. "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker" 4:03 - 81
5. "It" 5:10 - 84
6. "Starfish and Coffee" Prince, Susannah Melvoin 2:50 - 78
7. "Slow Love" Prince, Carole Davis 4:22 - 80
8. "Hot Thing" 5:39 - 70
9. "Forever in My Life" 3:32 - 71
Total length: 40:19
CD 2 / LP 2:
1. "U Got the Look" 3:46 - 90
2. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" 5:04 - 79
3. "Strange Relationship" 4:01 - 84
4. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" 6:29 - 88
5. "The Cross" 4:49 - 85
6. "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" Prince, Matt Fink, Eric Leeds 9:02 - 71
7. "Adore" - 84
It's hard to overstate what a towering creative achievement Sign "O" The Times is. As much as I enjoy Purple Rain, and even though I have it ranked higher, in some ways this might be the better album. It never comes close to settling into complacency or formula, and because Prince was already a megastar when the album was made, he really had nothing to prove in order to garner attention or success. "Starfish and Coffee," Prince's profile of an odd elementary school classmate, is both great storytelling and exceptional melody making, and although few would consider it among Prince's signature songs, it's the highlight of this terrific album as far as I'm concerned.
My Favorite Album by Prince, he becomes a genius here
Psychedelic pop, Soul, Rock, R&B, funk and Avant Pop
All genres delivered perfectly
I think this might be Prince's actual masterpiece
Um dos grandes do Prince, mas não faz tanto minha cabeça.
- Sign 'O' The Times
- Play In The Sunshine
- Starfish And Coffee
- If I Was Your Girlfriend
- The Cross
- It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
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