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Picks and Pans Review: Around the World in a Day

updated 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/27/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Prince and the Revolution

The Kid from the Little Apple is in that enviable position where he could put out a set of Norse rowing chanteys and still have it go multiplatinum. If you're expecting another 1999 or Purple Rain, this record may indeed come closer to "Tip that oar, Thor." To his credit Around the World in a Day Is an extremely personal statement from Prince. For the most part, that statement is baffling and hazy, with little of the trenchant funkiness that has made Prince a star. Instead there is the soul ballad, Condition of the Heart, with its pretty piano and the Middle Eastern flavor of the title track, which Prince wrote with his father. The lyrics on Around the World delve into both teen problems and murky spirituality. Raspberry Beret (like many tracks eerily backed with violin and cello) concerns the loss of virginity. The sex on this album is dealt with more obliquely than is customary for the singer whose first big record was entitled Dirty Mind. That may be one reason why, compared with the dynamic music Prince has produced in the past, Around the World in a Day seems listless and self-indulgent. It sounds like a love letter from Prince to Prince. (Warner Bros.)

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