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PRINCE – “CHAOS AND DISORDER” (1996)
I bet you none of you have ever heard this album. It’s probably no secret why either.
Released at the very tail end of Prince’s contentious gazillion-album contract with Warner Brothers, cure “Chaos And Disorder” got lost in the shuffle, as it was merely a contractual obligation on the part of Prince to deliver it, and for Warner Brothers to release it. Not only had Prince fallen out of public favor somewhat because he’d released a gazillion albums of middling quality for the past several years beforehand, but like Michael Jackson, he’d grown increasingly out of touch, mutating into an aloof wacko instead of the aloof sex symbol he’d previously been.
His “comeback” of sorts with the triple album “Emancipation” (1997) may have set the tone for his new jazzy, soppy R&B (the uninteresting kind that he still continues to make), but “Chaos And Disorder”, released the year before, is a curious throwback to the kind of thing he so effortlessly tossed off during the height of his hitmaking powers. And that’s exactly what this album is: a toss-off, but an entertaining one, full of eyebrow-raising ideas and mysterious funkiness. Allmusic sez:
“For the first time since 1987′s Sign ‘O’ the Times, Prince has made a pop/rock album, complete with squealing guitars and sighing melodies. None of the songs qualify as major songs in Prince’s canon, but that’s part of the record’s charm — Prince sounds like he’s having a good time, and he could really care less what anyone else has to say. Or, as he puts it in one of the album’s best and most careening tracks, “I Rock, Therefore I Am.”
Chaos and Disorder sounds immediate, like the songs were recorded the same day they were written. While that might mean there’s a handful of throwaways scattered throughout the album, there are wonderful moments like the stuttering jazz-funk of “Dig U Better Dead,” the scathing “Had U,” the psychedelic clashes of the title track, the heavy rock of “I Like It There,” and the beautiful “Dinner With Delores,” a rough gem that ranks as one of Prince’s simplest and most charming singles of the ’90s. So, Chaos and Disorder isn’t Prince’s best or most important work, but it is a really fun listen, especially if you’re willing to accept it as what it is — a record that does nothing more than rock.”
This is one of the very few Prince albums to remain out-of-print. It’s not even on iTunes or the Amazon MP3 store.