>I like that period a lot but most of those albums have some >pretty low lows. TGE is the only one of those albums to dodge >any major bullets (if you can get past P Control), maybe The >Truth. But...
I love P Control.
>C&D: some really great stuff is often overlooked here but >putting it side by side with ATWIAD makes absolutely no sense, >because only one of those records had "I Rock Therefore I Am", >lol -- game over. And "Right The Wrong." Those aren't the only >dicey tracks, either, but "Rock" is especially embarassing.
I love "I Rock, Therefore I Am". One of his finest moments imo. It's one of the songs that I can tell really came from his core much in the same way that "Dig U Better Dead" did. He didn't just sing the words to these songs, he lived them. I think it comes through in everything about these joints. I really like the music on "Right The Wrong". Not one of my favorites due it being mainly talking, but I don't hate it.
>Emancipation: What kind of math are you doing where you turn >one album into three, lol?
The kind that acknowledges there are 3 discs with enough music for 3 albums.
>But either way, only one of those >discs (if treated as an album in itself) is solid from top to >bottom (disc 2 all day!),
Disagreed. I like all 3 very much.
>The Truth: Definitely overlooked. Animal Kingdom is a harsh >listen - when "Purple and Gold" dropped I had Animal Kingdom >flashbacks, lol. I don't think song for song it's top-tier >Prince but it's really, really good Prince, and a tighter, >more coherent album than most other releases from this period.
Another song that represented him well since he was vegan at the time. So was I when it dropped. I always really liked the song. I can understand being unable to relate to it at all tho.
>NPS: There's no way this can be counted in an album streak.
It can if I'm counting, and I'm the one counting, so there's that.
>Folks clowned Push It Up and Freaks on This Side like crazy
That really doesn't matter to me. I think a lot of the clowning has to do with judging it as attempts to fit it contemporarily. I personally don't listen to Prince's music that way.
>the most >interesting song on the album is a hidden/bonus track...
I disagree. "Wasted Kisses" is nice tho.
>With Emancipation and NPS in there, you really can't call this >period an *album* streak.
I did, and I still do.
>I'd say it's a productive period for >him with a lot of highs but it's maddeningly inconsistent and >often poorly executed.
That's fine. You get to say whatever you like. I say it was a nice album streak.
>The closest post-TGE run to a streak, imo, would be Rainbow >Children/One Night Alone/Musicology.
I considered that off the strength of the first 2. I just don't personally like the Musicology album enough. I tended to like latter career Prince less when he seemed to be going for something mainstream. I love Rainbow Children and One Nite Alone tho.