Since its release in 1985 when I was 15 I've always thought of this album as just a load of delusional hot air on Prince's part..except for "Poplife" which I've always loved. I've given my cassette of it many chances over the years and simply never 'got it'. Well, tonight, after 21 1/2 years and now being 36 years old (37 in April) the gods must've developed a new battle plan for me with this album. I whipped out the cassette again tonight and I have been discovering many, many things that are intriguing me on this album that I just never latched onto before. I'm in love with this album now..playing it for the third time in a row now. Now, I'm no Prince conniseur (sp? my spelling's went to sh** over the years) and I only have, "Purple Rain"(CD) "Around The World"(cassette), "Sign o' the Times"(CD), "Lovesexy"(cassette), "Batman"(CD), "Diamonds and Pearls"(CD), "symbol" or however it's referred to(CD), "Black Album" legit 1994 Warner issue(CD) "The Most Beatiful Girl in the World"EP (on cassette), and I now think "Around The World" is the best Prince I have...after years of thinking it the worst. This has to be the most inventive, interesting, notes and chord changes Prince has ever thought of. The title track took me to a pseudo-psychedelic world, "Paisley Park" is a wonderful almost childlike innocent sing-a-long type of thing that will be playing inside my head for days to come. "Condition of the Heart" is a very pretty (but not sappy) melodic wonder, "Tambourine" has a wicked, fun shimmy but in another world, "America" is just a classic Prince/Revolution groove...actually I'm loving it all..except for "Raspberry Beret"..still strikes me as rather slight. Hell, with the way things are going I just might be tempted to pull out that cassette of "Lovesexy" (another that's tended to leave me cold the times I've given it a chance)....or maybe should I just leave it on the shelf? I'm heading over to Amazon.com and see if I can find a good deal on a CD of "Around The World"..I MUST have this on CD...God, I never dreamed I'd be saying this about this album. Funny how this stuff works, huh?