by Prince
For You by Prince
Released: Mar 1978
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
On For You, Prince Rogers Nelson only barely resembled the Purple tyro we know and love. The kittenish "Soft & Wet" portends his mastery of sexual metaphor, but with none of the humor or spiritual angst. "I'm Yours" is a great funk rock cut and maybe the best thing on the album, and if you're in a disco mood then "Just as Long as We're Together" ain't bad. It's worth remembering that he was 19 years old when he wrote, recorded and produced his debut album (with help from since-forgotten mentor Chris Moon). He was a prodigy who'd soon achieve bigger and better things.
Mosi Reeves
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