“Diamonds & Pearls” by Prince & The New Power Generation (1991)

A few stray thoughts about this song… *I bought albums on cassette almost exclusively until the mid ‘90s. And until I started working retail in 1993, I wasn’t able to afford cassettes (at least at the rate I consumed music) so I was a certified bootleg patron. Back in the day, there used to be African… Read More “Diamonds & Pearls” by Prince & The New Power Generation (1991)

“Cream” by Prince and the New Power Generation (1991)

Was “Cream” the last song with a straight-up blues structure to hit the top of the pop charts? It’s certainly one of the most bluesy songs Prince was involved in up to that point. Mr. Nelson stated that he wrote “Cream” while standing in front of a mirror, and with that in mind, it’s pretty hard to… Read More “Cream” by Prince and the New Power Generation (1991)

“Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci (1991)

Two things elevate “Come and Talk to Me” to a level above the average new jack swing ballad: K-ci Hailey and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Without those two elements (the latter of which was not present on the song’s original version) “Come and Talk…” is a pretty standard early ‘90s R&B ballad. Boy meets girl, boy wants to chat up… Read More “Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci (1991)