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Controversy

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Controversy continues in the same vein of new wave-tinged funk on Dirty Mind, emphasizing Prince's fascination with synthesizers and synthesizing disparate pop music genres. It is also more ambitious than its predecessor, attempting to tackle social protest ("Controversy," "Ronnie, Talk to Russia," "Annie Christian") along with sex songs ("Jack U Off," "Sexuality"), and it tries hard to bring funk to a rock audience and vice versa. Even with all of Prince's ambitions, the music on Controversy doesn't represent a significant breakthrough from Dirty Mind, and it is often considerably less catchy and memorable. Nevertheless, Prince's talents as musician make the record enjoyable, even if it isn't as compelling as most of his catalog. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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Controversy 00:07:15

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

2
Sexuality (LP Version) 00:04:21

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

3
Do Me, Baby (LP Version) 00:07:44

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Sitar - André Cymone, Writer - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

4
Private Joy (LP Version) 00:04:30

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

5
Ronnie, Talk to Russia (LP Version) 00:01:58

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

6
Let's Work (LP Version) 00:03:55

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

7
Annie Christian (LP Version) 00:04:23

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Bob Mockler, Engineer

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

8
Jack U Off (LP Version) 00:03:09

Lisa Coleman, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Sitar - Prince, Producer, Arranger, Lead Vocals, Writer, Instruments, MainArtist - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - ROSS PALLONE, Engineer - Mic Guzauski, Engineer - Doctor Fink, Keyboards - Bob Mockler, Engineer - Bobby Z., Drums

1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc. 1981 NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Records Inc.

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Controversy continues in the same vein of new wave-tinged funk on Dirty Mind, emphasizing Prince's fascination with synthesizers and synthesizing disparate pop music genres. It is also more ambitious than its predecessor, attempting to tackle social protest ("Controversy," "Ronnie, Talk to Russia," "Annie Christian") along with sex songs ("Jack U Off," "Sexuality"), and it tries hard to bring funk to a rock audience and vice versa. Even with all of Prince's ambitions, the music on Controversy doesn't represent a significant breakthrough from Dirty Mind, and it is often considerably less catchy and memorable. Nevertheless, Prince's talents as musician make the record enjoyable, even if it isn't as compelling as most of his catalog. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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