Picks and Pans Review: Parade

updated 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Prince and the Revolution

The opening number on this album, Christopher Tracy's Parade, is over-orchestrated twaddle that suggests Prince is going to blunder ahead with the wrong turn he took on his last album. But Parade, the music from his next film, Under the Cherry Moon, gets back on track quickly. The second cut is New Position. Over its light-fingered percussion, including steel drum accents, Prince's piercing falsetto invites us to "try my new funk." The offer is worthwhile. On Parade Prince has synthesized the best of '60s and 70s R&B and forged music that is surprisingly delicate, yet fiery. Even Prince's more melodically unconventional songs, such as Life Can Be So Nice, are consistent with the rest of the album. Parade proves His Royal Badness can be a master musician when he sets his kinky mind to it. (Warner Bros.)

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