Sign O' The Times
Label: Rhino/Warner Records
This embarrassment of riches culls from three unreleased projects, Dream Factory, Crystal Ball and Camille. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" may be as disturbing a view of relationships Prince's ever made, but it's an exception amid bright and hooky pop-rock and funk tunes like "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker," "Forever in My Life," "Housequake" and the rapturous torch ballad "Adore." His optimism can't be dimmed -- even on the title track's blues about nuclear war and heroin junkies he sings, "Let's fall in love, get married, have a baby/ We'll call him Nate/ If it's a boy."