Spin - 11/91
Highly Recommended "...purely and unabashedly tuneful...a sultry, groovy inventively jittery jewel box of diverse nuggets..."
Melody Maker - 12/91Ranked #24
in Melody Maker's list of the "Top 30 Albums Of 1991" - "...a major return to form..."
New York Times (Publisher) - 1/1/92, p.22
"...the most generally accessible Prince album in some time..."
Prince & New Power Generation: Prince (vocals, guitar); Tony M. (rap vocals); Rosie Gaines (vocals, keyboards, organ); Levi Seacer, Jr. (guitar, background vocals); Tommy Barbarella (keyboards); Sonny T. (bass, background vocals); Michael B. (drums); Kirk Johnson, Damon Dickson (percussion, background vocals).
Personnel: Prince (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, background vocals); Tony M. (rap vocals, background vocals); Eric Leeds (flute); Rosie Gaines (organ, sampler, background vocals); Tommy Barbarella (keyboards, sampler); Michael B. (drums); Damon Dickson, Kirk Johnson (percussion, background vocals); Sonny T., Elisa, J.D. Steele, Jearlyn Steele Battle, Fred Steele, Jevetta Steele, Levi Seacer, Jr. (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Keith "KC" Cohen; Michael Koppelman; Tom Garneau.
Recording information: Larrabee Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Olympic Studios, London, England; Paisley park; Warner Pioneer Studios, Japan.
Photographers: Randee Saint Nicholas; Joel Larson.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Michael B.; Damon Dickson; Sonny T.; Kirk Johnson; Levi Seacer, Jr.; Rosie Gaines; Tommy Barbarella; Tony M.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince releases albums a bit like Stephen King writes books; with mind-boggling speed and an equal measure of royal success and passionate failure. On the groove- savvy DIAMONDS AND PEARLS, the diminutive one made an impressive rebound after the less-than-stellar GRAFFITI BRIDGE, with his most consistent and vibrant album since 1987's brilliant SIGN O' THE TIMES. Apparently aware of the powerful influence of groups like NWA, Public Enemy and Tribe Called Quest, Prince tried his hand at the harder genre, unleashing vocalist Tonio M. for cocky raps on songs like "Daddy Pop" and "Willing and Able."
As always, Prince indulges happily in his erotic wanderings, with the guttural grooves and propositions of "Cream" and "Gett Off" leaving little to the imagination. However, it is the laid-back groove of the insightful and simply sung "Money Don't Matter" which is the quiet highlight of DIAMONDS AND PEARLS. A thoughtful reflection on disillusionment in love, business and politics, "Money Don't Matter" is perhaps Prince's most overlooked four-minute masterpiece.