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Even accounting for that awkward period in which he was only "The Artist Formerly Known As," Prince has the most incredible staying power of any artist of his generation. While some of his more recent work sounds like poorly executed re-workings of his previous hits, Purple Rain is, hands down, one of the greatest (and most often overlooked) cultural relics of the 1980s.
On its own, this legendary soundtrack (to a deservedly un-legendary movie) is a thoroughly danceable and entertaining album. Tracks like "I Would Die 4 U" and "Computer Blue" are over the top pop anthems that I would challenge anyone to not bust a move to (and in the spirit of full disclosure, I have an impeccably choreographed dance to the dramatic opening track, "Let's Go Crazy").
Although he's over 50 and has a fake hip from a few too many flamboyant gyrations in towering platform shoes, Prince will remain in my mind as the commanding little nymph who knows very well what it sounds like when doves cry.
- Adrian Pelliccia