Category: Review

The Cult breaks through with Love!

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In 1985 The Cult released their second album Love. It pointed towards the rock band they were about to become, but still had new-wave and goth elements. The story of a great album!

Prince starts his genius run with the fantastic Dirty Mind

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In 1980 Prince released his third album. Dirty Mind was to be the starting point of the unequalled series of no less than eight consecutive genius albums. The story of Dirty Mind!

Prince – Dirty Mind – Reviews, press & interviews

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Dirty Mind, the album and the tour, were lauded by the press. In Europe also, where Prince played his first 3 shows in 1981. A collection of press clippings.

More Specials, the best album of 1980?

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The story on the second album by The Specials. Amidst chaos, fights, resentment and creativity the band emerges with the sublime More Specials. A look back.

Prince – Sign O’ The Times Super Deluxe Edition

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The long expected re-release of Prince’s great 1987 album Sign O’ The Times. A review of an impressive release. In one word? Crucial!

At long last Prince’s The Gold Experience is released!

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Finally, The Gold Experience, Prince’s love child sees the light of day. The complete story about an album that sparked controversy. Was it worth it?

Prince – The Gold Experience – The reviews

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How was The Gold Experience received by the press? Pretty mixed it seems. Read the collection of international reviews here on A Pop Life!

Neil Young’s first masterpiece, After The Gold Rush!

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush - Inner sleeve (

In 1970 Neil Young was part of a world famous quartet and released his third solo album, the masterpiece After The Gold Rush. The story behind the album.

The end of The Waterboys’ ‘big music’ trilogy: This Is The Sea

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In 1985 The Waterboys released their third album, This Is The Sea. The album was supposed to deliver on the promise the band had made. Did they succeed?

Kiss makes it big time with Alive!

Kiss - Alive! outtake (

Early 1975 Kiss and Casablanca had their backs against the wall. Bankruptcy was just around the corner. The band took their last chance with both hands. The gamble paid off, Alive! became a huge success and the band’s career was saved. The story of a double live album that changed everything.

Prince and the failed movie adventure, the story of Graffiti Bridge

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In 1990 Prince released Graffiti Bridge, the album and the movie. Billed as a sequel to Purple Rain, the movie was a huge failure. The music was fine though. A look back!

Prince – Graffiti Bridge – The reviews

Prince - Graffiti Bridge - Reviews (

A vast collection of reviews for Prince’s Graffiti Bridge, the album and the movie. The press was fairly postive on the album, but destroyed the movie.

The Family, the ultimate Prince satellite project

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In 1985 The Family, a Prince sattelite act, released their debut. The album was and is a great example of the crossroads Prince found himself at. Impressive and innovative!

Deee-Lite’s Groove Is In the Heart

Deee-Lite in The Netherlands 1991 (

On August 7th, 1990, Deee-Lite debuted with their stunning World Clique album. It contained one of the biggest hits of the decade: Groove Is In The Heart. A look back.

Zapp, revolutionary electro funk pioneers

Zapp's classic singles More Bounce To The Ounce & Dance Floor (

On July 28th, 1980, the influential electro funk band Zapp released their debut album. More Bounce To The Ounce was the start of an interesting and tragic career.