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Prince adamantly denied that his 1991 album was a comeback attempt. He'd never gone anywhere, of course. But it was pretty clear when suddenly he was talking to journalists like never before — Spin, Details — and was courting an audience more directly, taking over The Arsenio Hall Show for an evening of performances (even though he left talking duties to Patti Labelle — huh?) and showing his lace-covered ass on the MTV Video Music Awards. He rented a rapper of no great import (Tony M) and traded in his synths for a heavier live-band sound, emphasizing his showmanship. And he made the worst album of his career to that point, which meant that Diamonds & Pearls contained a handful of classics anyway. "Cream" is the T. Rex rip everyone knows and most love; "Gett Off" is a deadpan, everyone-trades-lines sex romp reminiscent as much of Sly & the Family Stone as his own earlier work; "Money Don't Matter 2 Night" rolls out a burgundy-lined '70s-soul groove. It's Prince at his softest and most comfortable, with all the ups and downs that implies.