YEAR RELEASED: 1979
CHART ACTION: #22
SINGLES: I Wanna Be Your Lover (#11 US, #1 R&B, #2 Dance, #41 UK), Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad (#13 R&B), Still Waiting (#65 R&B), Sexy Dancer (#2 Dance)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Feel for You
LINEUP: Prince, with a little bitty bit of help from Andre Cymone
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: This, this is more like it from Prince. A rapid maturation towards the Prince sound and style leads to a fine second effort for the most part.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The opening two cuts, “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” are Prince. It couldn’t be anyone else.
The up-tempo, dance cuts for the most part is where Prince shined here. His guitar work and sense of the funk was outstanding. What he didn’t have quite down yet were the ballads – they were still a bit over-wrought and cloying.
Still, for the most part this a great album and showed most of Prince’s gifts.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Andre Cymone sang a little backup, but otherwise this is all Prince.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: Ballads knock it down (he’d get better at them), but the fast grooves are great.