Dirty Mind (studio album) by Prince

Dirty Mind
Dirty Mind by Prince
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 1,037th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 343 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1980 (20th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (155th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,037th)

Prince bestography

Dirty Mind is ranked 3rd best out of 58 albums by Prince on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Prince is Sign 'O' The Times which is ranked number 228 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,710.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 343 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.2/100, a mean average of 75.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.8.

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85/100
From 06/24/2020 08:08
Just a great funk-pop record. Definitely of its time but a good listen
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From 05/15/2020 05:30
The music is definitely great, but the vocals range from adequate to downright bad, a particular lowlight is "When You Were Mine".
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90/100
From 04/14/2020 21:42
Holy shit. This is so good. I thought 1999 was great, I think this might be Prince's best, excluding Purple Rain. One of the grooviest albums I've ever heard. Prince is an underrated guitarist, but he's an even more underrated bassist. Listen to Uptown and try not to bop your head, I DARE YOU! New favorite Prince album for sure.
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From 01/05/2020 23:16
I made up my mind: This is the best album ever made. I can't get over it.

It deserves a 10/10 for inventing a style that is sufficiently different from its past and that impacts its future so greatly. A style that mixes funk and rock until the beat is almost four-on-the-floor; a style that relies on the very timbre of the percussion; a style that constantly risks everything by de-emphasising every part of the orchestration.

And the album just perfectly showcases it. It showcases the sound he proposes, and he shows everything you can do with it, without it ever getting boring. It successfully shows the style can be used on a different genre too ('When You Were Mine' which has a new wave beat or the ballad on 'Gotta Broken Heart Again'). And it even has its perfect flaw ('Sister' which is just a mess, which makes the message even more shocking).

It has a consistent lyrical theme that evokes the exact emotion the music also channels, and the lyrics themselves focus on impacting the listener immediately. No deep thinking, just pure emotions, like art should be. When he does get political, he just states as it is ("She's just a victim of society") and leaves it at that. He doesn't muddy the words with arguments (ten points for who gets the reference). You're either with him or not, now's not the time to discuss.

It does the one thing art is supposed to do: Make you feel something in a way you weren't yet familiar with.
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95/100
From 07/23/2019 16:18
100/100

Here we have an artist that you can leave alone in a studio for 1 week and he alone get you an album, he sings, composes, play all instruments and chores, mix and produce

This album is no an exception for Prince talent

Genius!
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From 01/12/2019 16:29
Sempre sensual!
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From 11/25/2018 21:47
I don't really care for some of the hypersexual content (repeating the "Do it all night" chorus ad nauseam for instance, or perhaps the incestuous "Sister"), nonetheless "Dirty Mind" is a solid improvement over "Prince" which was itself a solid improvement over his debut "For You". This record is the very definition of short and sweet; its innovative, funky, new-wave inflected production makes my ears happy ! That's all there is to it really. My favourite tracks here are the deliciously sounding "Uptown" and the devilish gem "Head".
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From 09/02/2018 17:27
Seriously, why are people drooling all over Purple Rain, 1999 and Sign ‘O the Times when this absolute gem exists. I genuinely thought Prince was overrated before I listened this album.

This explains so much. I always wondered where new jack really originated from.
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From 08/29/2018 17:45
Prince took a big leap stylistically here. His use of new wave sounds for Dirty Mind & When You Were Mine are quite unexpected and he never really sounded like that again. Later on there is more conventional funk rock namely Uptown and Head. This is really good stuff on the road to greater triumphs.
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75/100
From 10/10/2017 23:17
Love the rawness, and how it pays no mind to genre with tracks like the (rockabilly? doo-wop? new wave?) 'When You Were Mine'. Prince, either attempting to seduce or still finding his voice, sings in a whispery falsetto throughout, and it works. Originality oozes from this thing.
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2. Closer by Joy Division
3. Back In Black by AC/DC
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