Boomkat Product Review:
Around The World in A Day was the album that followed Purple Rain and in one fell swoop lost Prince a legion of fans who couldnt quite get their heads round his refusal not to stick to the traditional narrative and delivery a commercially worthy successor to one of the biggest albums of the 20th century.
It's an often overlooked album even among prince die-hards, but for our money is one of his best - apart from the flawless Raspeberry Beret and the bittersweet perfection of Pop Life (i mean, how many pop songs have a breakdown involving a tram?), it also boasts the reduced precision funk of Tamborine and the sublime Condition of the Heart.
Ok, the closing duo of The Ladder and Temptation are a bit weak and the feelgood psychedelics of the title track isnt really Prince's finest moment - but of all his albums this one somehow hits hardest when it comes to bittersweet nostalgia now that the Purple one is no longer with us...