Friday, April 22, 2016

Music Review: Prince's Power Sex And Sanctity (Archives: October 1988)

By Richard Harrington, October 11, 1988
Raunchy Prince (1958-2016) was actually a conservative Christian who reportedly opposed gay marriage (Courtesy of The Washington Post, April 21, 2016)
WASHINGTON, DC---In the music of Prince, the erotic battles with the spiritual, the carnal battles with the cosmic, and everything seems to end in a draw. That's because Prince himself has yet to resolve the split between his newly focused religious faith and the exultant sexual desires that have informed his music for almost a decade. Nowhere was that more apparent than at the end of the first set when Prince offered a visceral "Anna Stesia," a virtual bridge between sex and sanctity, between love and devotion. If those in the audience didn't quite know how to react, they nonetheless acted enthusiastically, turning into a gospel choir of sorts for the refrain "Love is God, God is love, girls and boys love God above." [link]

Prince presents an award during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Jan. 9, 2005, in Pasadena, Calif. Kevin Winter/Getty Images