Prince & The Revolution - Around The World In A Day
When I got up this morning and passed by my turntable at home I spotted Prince’s “Around The World In A Day” out of the corner of my eye on my “now playing” bar. I didn’t even consciously think about it, but it was enough to have “Raspberry Beret” playing in a loop in my brain immediately. The other day I simply saw somebody wearing a beret in a TV show and for the rest of the day I had that song stuck in my head. Maybe it’s just me, but this might be one of the earwormiest of all earworms. “Purple Rain” is Prince’s most cohesive collection of immediate hits, but “Around The World...” may actually be a better showcase of what made Prince so special as an artist. Because it isn’t just a parade of hits. Every song is completely unique. Prince only played by the rules of conventional pop songwriting when he felt like it. He explored all kinds of musical influences, creating a melange of styles only an exceptionally talented musician like him could have come up with and could have made work so brilliantly. It’s not revelatory to call Prince a genius, but that doesn’t make it any less true.