Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Second Listen Sunday: The Time, The Time

The year was 1981, and a music legend in the making, Prince was slowly crafting his musical royalty legacy. Before releasing his fourth album, Controversy, Prince introduced the band The Time to the world with their self-titled debut album.

Arriving in stores during the summer of 1981, The Time is a funk album with production and arrangements credited to Prince’s alter ego, Jamie Starr. Dr. Fink has synthesizer solos on two songs, while group member sings lead and plays drums for most of the album.

The album starts with an energetic and lively track called “Get It Up,” which sets the tone for what’s to come. This fast-paced song immediately grabs your attention with its catchy hooks, synchronized rhythm section, and excellent vocal harmonies. The band’s musical talent is highlighted throughout the album with accurate arrangements and impressive instrumental solos.

“Cool” is undeniably one of the best tracks on the album. With its seductive and smooth R&B vibe, it exudes style and swagger. The band’s tight rhythm section, funky guitar riffs, and Morris Day’s charismatic vocals make this song a gem. Its catchy chorus and infectious groove have quickly made it a fan favorite and an instant classic.

Another notable track is “The Stick,” a fast-paced and energetic funk number that showcases the band’s exceptional musicianship. With its intricate bass line, funky guitar licks, and infectious horn section, the song is a testament to the band’s ability to create irresistible dancefloor fillers.

“After Hi School” is a playful and cheeky track highlighting the band’s humor. Morris Day’s smooth and soulful vocals shine as he narrates a humorous story over a funky backdrop. The song’s catchy chorus and infectious rhythm make it impossible not to move along with the music.

If you follow my writing, you already know I’m a huge fan of ballads. The Time delivers the goods on “Girl” and “Oh Baby.” The band seamlessly blends funk, R&B, and rock elements throughout the album, creating a timeless and distinctive sound. Each track has infectious hooks, memorable melodies, and tight arrangements, showcasing the band’s incredible chemistry and musicianship.

The Time’s debut album is a phenomenal work that cemented the band’s position as one of the most influential voices in the funk and R&B scene. This album is a tribute to their skills, imagination, and Prince’s exceptional ability to write and produce music. It’s a timeless classic of its generation and a must-hear for all fans of funk and R&B music.

Final Grade: A

The Time is available on all streaming platforms.

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