Vincent Caruso is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago, IL. Musings on the topics of music, culture and politics have appeared in the likes of Prefix Magazine, the Daily Beast, Reason Magazine, Brooklyn Vegan, Design Bureau and others. Author of several regrets and producer of many aborted ideas. I believe in a higher power chord. Frequently cyberbullied at @vncnt_csmr.
Homesick for Superstardom, Prince Reaches for ‘Gold’
The closing track on the 17th album by Prince was supposed to rival his epic ballad "Purple Rain."
When Prince Recruited Maceo Parker for ‘Prettyman’
Prince had long admired the tight musicianship of the J.B.'s. But for 1999's 'Prettyman,' he finally got one into the studio.
Prince Reshapes Sheryl Crow’s ‘Everyday Is a Winding Road’
The mutual admiration was the beginning of what would be a lasting friendship between the two.
Prince Gets Spooky on ‘Others Here With Us’
A haunting unreleased track from 1985 sees Prince's dirty mind turn dark.
Prince Proves He’s a Baller With ‘The Daisy Chain’
And an obscure rapper featured on the track elaborates on the story behind it.
Prince’s Sly Stone Obsession Shines On ‘Walk Don’t Walk’
While the 'Diamonds and Pearls' album propelled Prince into the early-'90s mainstream, a brief detour on the album harkened back to a prominent musical influence.
How The ‘Love Symbol Album’ Showcased Prince’s Versatility
Prince's second album with the New Power Generation dispelled any doubts about the state of Prince's conceptual depth and versatility.
Prince Gets Weird on the Terrifying ‘Bob George’
Prince's 'Bob George' was a manic digression into confrontational booty-bass schizophrenia.
Prince Runs Far Away From the Mainstream With ‘The Rainbow Children’
"The Rainbow Children," a 10-minute jazz-inflected epic, was an extravagant expression of Prince's identity regained.
When ‘Annie Christian’ Haunted Prince’s Seedy, Art-Punk Fever Dream
The mélange of themes on Prince's 'Controversy'—scandal and sensation; politics and religion—converge on the album's bizarre detour.