VARIOUS ARTISTS: Punk Sexy: A Las Vegas Punk Rock Tribute to Prince: CD

In the ninth century, king Alfred the Great wrote that sometimes we translate word-for-word, and sometimes sense-for-sense. This is, in my opinion, how tribute records work: some songs are played very close to the spirit of the original, and some are much more interpretive. And that is exactly how this record works. As the subtitle indicates, it’s a heap of Las Vegas bands offering their takes on the master. Ultimately, the quality of this record for listeners will probably depend on how much they like Prince and to what degree they’re okay with bands fucking with the original or not, both of which take place herein. I liked most of the songs on here, with the notable exception of the punked-up version of “Raspberry Beret,” the original of which is such an awesome song that it’s a potential sacrilege to mess with it in any way. Nonetheless, my knowledge of Prince’s work is rather minimal after Purple Rain, so I won’t speak to the degree of accuracy in the interpretations of his work after 1984. My particular faves were the metal-infused take on “I Would Die 4 U” and the bluegrass version of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” In the end, if you like Prince, you’ll probably get a kick out of this at the very least. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Squid Hat)