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Something in the music does not compute

1999

Released October 27, 1982

The album that put American musician Prince on the map in popular culture came on the heels of the singles 1999 and Little Red Corvette. And it was an album of funky rhythms.

Yet some ignored the hedonistic traits of the album 1999. One may not sense anything wrong with the tunefulness of the music, but 1999 is a fantasy world, a sub-culture that denies the course of living a real life.

To say Prince brought religion to the mainstream with funk is untrue. Some accommodated the album for things more relatable, like religious themes and a religious listener’s perspective on “something in the water (does not compute)”. But true religion is far from the album.

It is sentences like “Trying to run from my destruction, you know I didn’t even care…So tonight, I’m gonna party like it is 1999” which make me squirm inside because in the Christian religion judgment day does matter.

While some saw something positive in the album, the funky music also appealed. But am I the only one who does not like this album? The album itself runs down in a lifeless descending spiral. The music did not resonate with me at all, and the themes are glaringly hedonistic.

By Peter Veugelaers

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