Adam And The Ants – Prince Charming

Release Date: 11/14/81

Sure, it’s a bit silly. Sure, it can be overly repetitive. Sure, it’s not as highly respected as their two albums preceding it. What it is though, is good fun. Adam And The Ants simply ooze style. Adam Ant is one of the most entertaining vocalists around. There is a ton of variety to be found in this track listing as well.

The album starts with one of the catchiest songs on the album, “Scorpios” and the instrumentation is bonkers, what with the mariachi horns. “Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios” is also one of the catchiest songs on the album, possibly the second best song on the album. “Prince Charming” is sure to get stuck in your head. Though this may be considered one of those tracks that’s overly repetitive. “Five Guns West” takes influence from American Western music. The chorus sounds like it’s sung by The Damned’s vocalist, Dave Vanian. It’s uncredited so I don’t know, but the similarity in sound is uncanny.

“That Voodoo!” is another of the albums highlights. “Stand And Deliver” is undoubtedly the highlight of the album. It is just a phenomenal song. Super catchy and unique. “Mile High Club” is probably the low point of the album. Another one of those tracks that can be considered overly repetitive too. “Ant Rap” borders on being cringe worthy but manages to be so catchy it’s almost forgivable. Yes, he literally raps. A pretty, white English guy in 1981… rapping.

“Mowhok” is the final straw for people who find the repetitiveness grating. I’ve had people explode when I’ve had this album on by this point. “S.E.X” is also quite repetitive, but the melodies don’t grab your attention as much, so it’s not so bothersome.

All in all, this album is good fun and it doesn’t sound like much else. If you have a high tolerance for repetitive melodies, I can’t see having many qualms with this album.

Highlights: “Scorpios”, “Picasso Visita El Planeta De Los Simios”, “That Voodoo!”, “Stand And Deliver”
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon


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