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(Continued fromPage 8)
"Sisters Are Doing It (For Them-
selves)." And Elvis Costello provides
the perfect harmonies for the no-
nukes number," "Adrian."
Lennox and Stewart have created
every song on the album. The party
atmosphere pushes every piece along
at full force-even those with down-
beat lyrics. "Would I Lie to You," the
current single, perfectly reflects the
album. Danceable and full of soul,
Lennox's sexy vocals beckon
throughout the number, which never
lets up.
Eurythmics have moved from
being a classy synth/vocals combo
towards a more complete musical
style. There's plenty of impressive
keyboard work here; but the brass in-
struments definitely add to the
arrangements. And the Motown style
of the new album is incorporated per-
fectly into this musical progression. It
also probably will prove to mean
much commercial success. For a
good party, pick up a copy of Be
Yourself Tonight and let yourself go.
-Beth Fertig
Prince and the
Revolution-Around the
World in a Day (Paisley
People magazine recently officially
declared Prince "out," so the trend-
conscious are advised to seek out
other reviews. Nonetheless, his latest
release, Around the World in a Day is
perched firmly on top of the album
charts without the benefit of any
promotion whatsoever. Prince's
studied enigmaticness seems to be
Musically Around the World is a
bold, plush album. Prince experimen-
Ws with string sections and Eastern in-
strumentation very successfully.
While the album lacks a punchy,
nasty dancefloor tune, Prince demon-
strates a pop sensibility that he has
been gravitating towards since Con-

The Michigan Daily - Friday, May 31, 1985-- Page 9
thermore, that strings do not The album closes with "Tem-
necessarily weigh a song down. The ptation," a screaming blues-scale
bouncy pop beat is combined with an rave up, which features a cameo
effortless, airy, vocal sensuality by vocal by God. The aural equivalent of
Prince that is definitely his best a strip act, "Temptation" moves from
singing on the record. It is incredible a pouting acknowledgement of the
what he can put into a squeal or "oh," title as Prince's weakness to a poor-
that might otherwise have been little-Prince-can't-control-his-libido-
superfluous. and-he's-gonna-pay sequence. God
The lush sound of "Beret" is con- tells Prince, You have to want her
tradicted by the stark, percussive for the right reasons, as Prince set-
"Tamborine." The bass work is ties on a conquest. Prince protests
terrific, as are the wolf whistles, but that he does, but God replies, You
while the album seems lacking in the don't. Now die! The screams of
down and dirty department, "Beret damnation are followed by a penitent
overwhelms it. Perhaps substitution Prince intoning a cryptic farewell
of the B-side of the "Beret" single, a message, Ihave to go away now.
nifty, stringy tune called "Always in It is this sort of overly dramatic
My Hair" which mixes a funkier feel empty ambiguity that prevents
with the orchestration, would have Around the World from being a great
been more appropriate. "Tam- album. Prince's air of mystery seems
borine's chorus also sounds more like a put-on, so designed that rather
like Prince is singing "trampoline." than drawing the listener in, it does
The confusion is slightly jarring. The the opposite.
Mw mystery is more bothersome than in- Even so, Around the World is a most
5 triguing. ambitious effort. When Prince suc-
Side Two opens with "America," a ceeds, the results are on par with his
y song which maintains the sparse, per- best past work, and head and
cussive sound of "Tamborine" and shoulders above the vast majority of
hearkens back to Controversy, but Top-40 releases. While the album is
here Prince's politics are muddled. irksome at times, it is ultimately an
Associated Press Prince attempts sarcasm and satire, enjoyable record, and it bodes well for
Prince has left the concert circuit indefinitely, ostensibly to devote more but gets lost somewhere along the Prince's future work.
time to composition and a sequel to 'Purple Rain.' His latest LP shows way. The result is awkward and -John Logit
ambition, but stops short of excellence. somewhat frightening. Politics should
troversy. "Condition of the Heart" is an over- not be handled in such a light, surface
The title song opens the album, and bearing piano-based piece which has fashion. -sHh r
it's a fascinating sweep through the Prince sounding vocally pinched on Prince again finds his strengths on
Indian sitar sound that George the high notes. The lyrics are also a "Pop Life." Here he is challenging in
Harrison and Ravi Shankar little too pity-seeking, a flaw which is his indictment of surface society. The Ann Arbor's fastest!
popularized you-know-when. This somewhat balanced by the next song, lyrics are accusatory... What you An ros10
song is ameng Prince's more suc- "Raspberry Beret." "Beret" finds putting up your nose?/Is that From 10-800 T-shirts screenprint-
cessful nods to the past. It rings true, Prince melding sweeping string where all your money goes? (Prin- edi itcolor printing our specialty.
and its chanty mantra-like vocals arrangements to a light, poppy song, ted in white on the inside of the Mui-ooprnngurseaty
makeitdrivinganddeep. and the result is terrific. On Sgt. Pep- cover.) The music is bouncy, the You supply art or use our expert
"Paisley Park" is unquestionably a per the Beatles opened the door for a vocals are tough. "Pop Life" is sure to design staff.
nod to Lennon and McCartney's Sgt. wide range of instruments in rock, be the second single, and deservedly Hundreds of surplus T-shirts only
Pepper-era songwriting. Lyrically the and, while this spawned as much so. $2. each. oca tedehindteB Coae
song tries to be "Strawberry Fields." pretentious garbage as it did quality Prince's collaboration with his
Musically it is "Penny Lane"-ish. material it is unfortunate that the father, "The Ladder," is a relatively
Prince tries too hard on this song. The "back-to-basics" backlash against hollow echo of "Purple Rain." While'
chorus, Paisley Park is in your ambitious art rock prevented the it is not a bad song, it treads old
heart, is just too close to its tasteful use of anything more than ground, and lacks a screamirng guitar'
predecessor's. It is bothersome to see synth, guitars, and drums. solo to salvage the overbearing,
Prince show such an uncharacteristic "Beret" is proof that orchestration repetitive choral quality. A4ATN 1AIIM)X
lack of innovation. has a place in pop music, and fur-







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