In Graffiti Bridge, Prince dazzled in a number of guises, from titillating ruffles, belted blazers to flaring pants. These were only topped off only by the countless hats Prince donned in the film as the star, the director, the writer and music mastermind.
Such are the furious endeavors of a visionary who held the world’s attention in the palm of his gloved leather hands. The informal sequel to Purple Rain, Graffiti Bridge was accompanied by a 16-track album full of deep cuts, feisty hand claps, seductive whispers and brass woos that would delight any cratedigger.
The explosion of a soundtrack came with no warning, save for the techno-thunderclap that detonates in the first song, “Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got." A flourished funk-rock power punch, the opening track was emboldened by a fierce keyboard frenzy.
This set the scene for the “New Power Generation,” an anthemic combination of upbeat and uptempo energy, a referential nod to Prince’s new band The Revolution.
“The Question of U,” offset its screaming whistle entrance by easing into a sultry, laidback R&B number that sounds as spiritual as it does romantic. By the time one of the film’s final tracks, “Still Would Stand All Time,” came around, it was abundantly clear that Prince pursued a stylistic duality to all his productions, resulting in a multi-spatial, multicultural and multi-sensual dynamic.
The resulting soundtrack was as scattered as it was calculated, a testament to Prince's preference for a promiscuous musical climate and his trademark signature sound that promised only one theme: non-binary. The album climbed to No. 1 on the UK album chart and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.