Day 11: ‘Music From Graffiti Bridge’
Wow! Someone ring the shit artwork alarm, Prince just got a copy of Photoshop and he’s skipped the tutorial. Luckily, this isn’t gratuitous - it actually serves as a visual warning against the overly upbeat and equally confusing opener to the album. Feel free to judge this book by its cover.
Graffiti Bridge is another long one, which isn’t so handy for someone running around trying to listen to it in a day. It’s also made up of tracks from various different vintages, which could again be what the stick and paste cover is alluding to.
I’m not such a big fan of Prince’s more rambling stuff, but there’s something about the slow growth in ‘Joy In Repetition’ that appeals. Both ‘Love Machine’ and ‘Shake’ provide some great drum noises, and collaboration from The Time, but ‘Tick, Tick, Bang’ sounds more like a spud gun than a bomb. I would use the title track (I haven’t seen the film, so perhaps this is what happens?) to close a musical, after everyone has had their own personal problems resolved (it’s starting to feel a bit happy-clappy), there’s nothing going on but singing, then there is one last cough, but we’re done.
This isn’t supposed to be a complete roasting, but it’s only fair to balance out some of the gushing that came with Purple Rain etc. Overall the second half gets slightly better: ‘Melody Cool’ is a spunky track and one of the best on the album, though I have noticed I am being drawn to the collaborations (I hope I’m not overdosing quite yet, with 19 more days to go). ‘Thieves In The Temple’ was a single, but it’s not that familiar to me and I’m grasping a bit at straws, so I’m picking that too.
Album rating: 6.5/10
Playlist so far:
Thieves In The Temple
The Ballard Of Dorothy Parker
Girls & Boys
The Beautiful Ones
Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
When You Were Mine
Why You Want To Hurt Me So Bad