Oddly enough, I've been really getting into Prince lately. I generally don't listen to pop music, but something about Prince is so infectious. The musicianship is always strong, the grooves can be as funky as P-Funk, and the lyrics are just so absurd and filthy that I can't help but sing along. Even the cheesy ballads are entertaining. My most recent purchase that I'm currently listening to is Around the Word In A Day. The only tune I knew before hearing it was Raspberry Beret. This album is a mixed bag, as is all of his pre-NPG material that I've heard. Paisley Park is a really fun song, a new favorite; Pop Life should have been a #1 single, The Ladder is a sweet vocal exercise, and Temptation is one of his crazy musical mish-mashes. The rest of the album I could live without, but overall, more good than bad. I also have the essential 1999 and Purple Rain albums. Sometimes, they get a little too heavy with the synths for my tastes. But I liked 1999 more than I thought I would, considering the time it was made, the style of music, and the sheer length of the album. However, I much prefer his stuff with the New Power Generation. The two albums I own are New Power Soul, a George Clinton style funk album that I'm going to play at my next party, and Diamonds and Pearls, which is the best Prince album I've heard. D&P has it all- strong melodies, great groove, and a much more natural sound than the Revolution stuff. I also have The Gold Experience, which is an underrated album and my 2nd favorite so far. Too bad the whole symbol fiasco made him lose face to the public, because the AFKAP made some of his best music then. My next Prince purchase will probably be Sign Of the Times, and I'm also interested to hear Emancipation. I don't know how far I'll go with my Prince collection, yet, but I'm enjoying it so far.