Parade (aka “Under the Cherry Moon” Soundtrack)
Prince & The Revolution
“Undaunted by the criticism Around the World in a Day received, Prince continued to pursue his psychedelic inclinations on Parade, which also functioned as the soundtrack to his second film, Under the Cherry Moon. Originally conceived as a double album, Parade has the sprawling feel of a double record, even if it clocks in around 45 minutes. Prince & the Revolution shift musical moods and textures from song to song – witness how the fluttering psychedelia of Christopher Tracy’s Parade gives way to the spare, jazzy funk of New Position, which morphs into the druggy I Wonder U – and they’re determined not to play it safe, even on the hard funk of Girls and Boys and Mountains, as well as the stunning Kiss, which hits hard with just a dry guitar, keyboard, drum machine, and layered vocals. All of the group’s musical adventures, even the cabaret-pop of Venus de Milo and Do U Lie? do nothing to undercut the melodicism of the record, and the amount of ground they cover in 12 songs is truly remarkable” (Erlewine).
“Even with all of its attributes, Parade is a little off-balance, stopping too quickly to give the haunting closer, Sometimes It Snows in April, the resonance it needs. For some tastes, it may also be a bit too lyrically cryptic, but Prince’s weird religious and sexual metaphors develop into a motif that actually gives the album weight. If it had been expanded to a double album, Parade would have equaled the subsequent Sign ‘O’ the Times, but as it stands, it’s an astonishingly rewarding near-miss” (Erlewine).