In honor of his recent death, this week's 'Feature'd Album of the Week' showcases Prince and his sixth studio album, 'Purple Rain'. Released in 1984, the record is regularly ranked among the best albums in music history. Purple Rain was the first album Prince recorded with his backing group The Revolution. The resulting album was musically denser than Prince's previous one-man albums, emphasizing full band performances, and multiple layers of guitars, keyboards, icy electronic synthesizer effects, and other instruments. Musically, the project stayed true to Prince's R&B elements, while demonstrating a more pronounced rock feel and emphasis on guitar showmanship.
- Kevin Sanchez