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- Released: October 25, 1990
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Pitchfork (Website) - "No one was combining the carnal with collective social resistance and political critique as overtly and as imaginatively and along the axes of race, gender, and sexuality as Prince all throughout his three-decade plus career, and especially on this record."
- 3.Do Me, Baby
- 4.Private Joy
- 5.Ronnie, Talk To Russia
- 6.Let's Work
- 7.Annie Christian
- 8.Jack U Off
Personnel includes: Prince (vocals, various instruments); Lisa Coleman (keyboards, background vocals); Dr. Fink (keyboards); Bobby Z (drums).
Engineers: Mic Guzanski, Ross Pallone, Bob Mockler.
CONTROVERSY is the fourth release from Prince, and it continues in the tradition of his debut DIRTY MIND, with funky rhythms, throbbing electronic accents and titillating lyrics. Featuring the successful title cut and the club hit "Private Joy," CONTROVERSY works off Prince's infamous juxtaposition of sex and religion. This is explicitly depicted in songs such as "Annie Christian" and the sultry ballad "Do Me, Baby" where during a long instrumental sequence, his sighs blatantly indicate carnal activity. As with many of his recordings, Prince maintains complete creative control here by handling all the writing, playing and production himself.
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