After the relatively commercial releases, Prince released COME in 1994. This is perhaps the darkest and most introspective of Prince’s albums since the Black album, but also contains some of his best work.
From the smooth swinging title track of 11 minutes, to the dreamlike “Space”. ending with the brilliant 90’s pop of “Letitgo”. In between, there is a visual into the upbringing and mind-set of the Purple man. “Papa” talks about fatherly abuse, its a disturbing and almost childlike rock, funk song which starts with the sound of thunder and single string guitar and ends up in a psychedelic funked up groovy end. “Race”/ “Dark” / “Solo” talk about Prince’s thoughts on race, abuse and loneliness. Basically, what’s it’s like to be Prince and it’s not all good.
Like previous albums, there are segues scattered throughout, with the final moment (called “Orgasm”) being nothing more than moaning and breathing, which adds something ethereal to the record but is always difficult to listen to..
There is something empty yet beautiful about this album, it is consistent in it’s negative view of the world, kind of like the Black album (dark) vs Lovesexy (bright). Come is the dark version of “The Gold Experience”, made at the same time and released very soon after with TGE being the much more uplifting and commercial record. I think Come has dated better than the Gold experience as it’s such a personal record and very true to his thoughts at the time.
Other songs such as the techno house of “Loose” and minimalist funk of “Pheromone” are entertaining but probably haven’t aged as well, but are equally as dark and moody.
Overall Come is a consistent, interesting record with some brilliant moments and some depressing moments – but always entertaining and passes the test of time as one of Prince’s great records and one of his two best 90’s records (The other is Chaos and Disorder). It also sees the “death” of Prince, and the birth of that squiggly character…
5 out of 5
- “Come” – 11:13
- “Space” – 4:28
- “Pheromone” – 5:08
- “Loose!” – 3:26
- “Papa” – 2:48
- “Race” – 4:28
- “Dark” – 6:10
- “Solo” – 3:48
- “Letitgo” – 5:32
- “Orgasm” – 1:39