April 19, 2021
IGP Crew Album Review: Prince - Around The World In A Day
Prince was many things to many people. A legend. An icon. An extremely talented musician. A man who lived his life shrouded in mystery. But most importantly Prince was an artist—but not just your average run-of-the-mill artist. Prince knew who he was...
Prince was many things to many people. A legend. An icon. An extremely talented musician. A man who lived his life shrouded in mystery. But most importantly Prince was an artist—but not just your average run-of-the-mill artist. Prince knew who he was through and through and never tried to be something that he wasn't. Prince was an artist that refused to be labeled and boxed into anything but what he created for himself.
One may wonder how someone (no matter how talented they are) would be able to create an album that would match the success of Purple Rain—but that's just it, Prince never worried about being able to live up to any sort of standard the music industry had set for him. He had already moved on and started working on new projects at the height of his success with Purple Rain. One of those projects became "Around The World In A Day" which he loosely started working on before Purple Rain became the Purple Rain that we all know and love. At the top of Purple Rain mountain, he was able to look at things a bit differently, and see that his label was going to milk Purple Rain for everything it was worth, and this was his chance to divert the masses to something new and exciting sounding—and that's exactly what he did.
Around The World In A Day wasn't for everyone, hell Prince himself wasn't for everyone, but that was the point. Around The World In A Day was created first and foremost for Prince himself, and of course for his fans—as an open letter of sorts to let his true fans know that they were on the same musical wavelength. No Prince record would ever attain the success that Purple Rain did, but Prince didn't care, he had to stay true to himself and he knew the only way to do that was to go in the direction that Around The World In A Day would take him.
This week we take a deep dive into Prince's seventh studio album and the second release where his backing band "The Revolution" was officially billed. Around The World In A Day takes us on what many would say is a psychedelic adventure of sorts. Come with us as we take this ride and decide how we all feel about it. It's season 3 episode 13 of your favorite Paisley Park aficionado's favorite music podcast. You're not going to want to miss this one. LET'S GO!
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