Ocean of Violets: Prince song by song

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lance LaSalle, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    Soft & Wet [jojowiki.com]

     
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    Mal Phorum Physicist

  3. Joker to the thief

    Joker to the thief Forum Resident

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    Soft and wet is the other song from this album (aside from the intro) that I can imagine being on a later album and not seeming out of place. Makes me want to dance every time I hear it - his first proper party banger. 4/5
     
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  4. sunspot42

    sunspot42 Forum Resident

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    Yeah, first I recall hearing it was off The Hits as well. It certainly doesn't seem out-of-place there, maybe apart from the mid-disco production.
     
  5. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

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    Hell, I missed the opening of this thread. So, catching up:
    For You - An amazing opener. Very spiritual. A fanfare for a new age. The age of his majesty, Prince.
    In Love - pretty ordinary synthy disco pop. Like a watered down Earth Wind & Fire track.
    Soft And Wet - utterly irresistable! So damn funky groovy (and I'm not keen on this period!).
     
  6. therunner

    therunner Forum Resident

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    England
    "Soft And Wet" is a great song slightly weakened by the outdated disco sound, but definitely the best on this album.

    3/5
     
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  7. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Reasons to be cheerful Part 1

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    Soft And Wet
    Fine song with some typical Prince elements and groovy potential. Just not the full sound and timeless production. I might even prefer the demo version, because it's not polished.
    3/5
     
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  8. theholygoof

    theholygoof Forum Resident

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    A quality song with some terrific hooks in it, but ultimately my score is undermined by the tidal wave of greatness to come. 3/5.
     
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  9. alugjk

    alugjk Senior Member

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    Soft and Wet

    This is a fun song.

    3.7/5

    -George
     
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  10. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Our votes for "Soft and Wet"

    1-0
    2-0
    3-5
    4-11
    5-0
    Average: 3.6
     
  11. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    Today's song is "Crazy You", written and produced by Prince.

    Crazy You
    LYRIC.

    "Crazy You" was released as a B-side on the Uptown single on September 10th, 1980.
     
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  12. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    'Crazy You' is a decent Song and probably was a good idea to keep it short, as to not wear out it's welcome. Although, it does have that dreaded 'Yacht Rock' Sound, but I would give it a 2 of 5 Rating.

    I did not get around to replying for 'Soft and Wet', but would rank that Song 3 out of 5.
     
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  13. croquetlawns

    croquetlawns Forum Resident

    An ok song 2.5/5.
     
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  14. Piiijiii

    Piiijiii Hundalasiliah

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    Crazy You 2/5
    Actually 'Yacht Rock' is a good way to describe it. A weak and boring song.
     
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  15. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

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    Crazy You has some groovy acoustic guitar but isn't to my ears the best song from that album or period (2.5/5 for me for this). I hear some George Benson influence when it comes to the guitar work, the intro specifically with the octaves being played which is cool

    I always took tunes like this as an early prototype of the smooth jazz Prince would later perfect, for example on a song like "When The Lights Go Down" years down the road.
     
  16. robcar

    robcar Forum Resident

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    Denver, CO
    Man, I wish I had the bandwidth for this thread. Love Prince. Saw him in concert twice; wish I’d seen him many more times.
     
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  17. Gavaxeman

    Gavaxeman Take me back to dear old Blighty...

    Location:
    West Midlands U.K.
    Crazy you ..

    Not bad, not great - a 2.5/5
     
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  18. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

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    Crazy You - A nice sleazy feel to this one. Acoustic guitar, congas. I like it.
     
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  19. Lance LaSalle

    Lance LaSalle Prince of Swollen Sinus Thread Starter

    I like "Crazy You", maybe Yacht Rock is a good word for it, I don't know. It's certainly got a smooth jazz-pop feel...It also feels kind of unfinished: a verse and a chorus and...fade....

    But it's pretty, and often, pretty is enough for me. I wouldn't turn it off. And the guitar is quite nice. 2.8/5
     
  20. Freek999

    Freek999 Forum Resident

    Crazy You 3/5
     
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  21. Jmac1979

    Jmac1979 Forum Resident

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    Louisville, KY
    Crazy You is like if Prince joined Seals And Crofts. Slight and inoffensive but it does have a nice vibe to it. 2.5/5
     
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  22. Mal

    Mal Phorum Physicist

    "Crazy You"

    I love this track!

    Back in the early 90s, my best friend picked up this LP - neither of us having heard it before.

    I used to be at his place most days, smoking weed, listening to tunes and jamming on our guitars - maybe some TV (Seinfeld was the big thing at the time - good times).

    Maybe it's because it wasn't the Prince I'd heard over and over (hard funk, etc) but instead was a beautiful ballad with 'easy jazz' leanings without going over the line - P still kept it cool.

    The album quickly became a real favourite of mine, with "Crazy You" being the standout.
     
  23. footprintsinthesand

    footprintsinthesand Reasons to be cheerful Part 1

    Location:
    Dutch mountains
    Crazy You 2/5
    It sounds like a reprise version of a more exciting main version. A chill ditty side dish.
     
  24. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car

    His first released Ballad, wherein he peers into his crystal ball and predicts the career of Maxwell, who I can totally hear covering this.
    I never enjoyed this until I started getting into Bossa Nova years later, and its charms became apparent to me. Spare, Romantic and seemingly designed to show off his his versatility. Quite tasty guitar strumming. Says what it needs to say quickly and fades away to make room for the next Jam.
     
  25. ziggytvs

    ziggytvs What's so funny about Biggus Dickus?

    Location:
    York, PA
    Soft and Wet: groovy and the first real glimpse of where he’d go. i love this track, though it is a bit to teen-aged boy horny. 3.5/5

    Crazy You: one of my favourite songs on the album. it may be a bit quaint, a bit simple, but i think that’s part of its charm. it’s enchanting. 3/5
     
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