Ever since I first saw this note, I thought it exemplified Prince’s own lack of filter toward his own work. At the time these notes were written, “Damn U” was merely recent, not remarkable. Prince had a lot if ballads in this vein, and I suspect most fans would find his classic “Do Me, Baby” to be far superior.
That’s not to say that “Damn U” is a bad song; the vocal performance it features is fantastic. But given how much of his battle with the record industry was about being able to rapidly release material, it’s striking how recency could skew Prince’s estimation of his own work.
Of course, sometimes Prince was right to focus on his newest work. On albums like Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge, the newest songs recorded for the projects became both their lead singles and their biggest hits.