3121 2006

3121 was a commercially successful comeback (number 2) album after Musicology in 2006. It was in some senses a bigger success, debuting at number 1 in the US.

The album is also a vast improvement over Musicology, mainly with it being a much more focused and overall entertaining record. Some of the songs are excellent, including the 80’s inspired “Love”, the Wendy/Lisa inspired “Fury” and the Spanish inspired “Te Amo Corazon”. The first of those songs. “Love” is some of Prince’s best song writing in a while.

The remake of “The Dance” is exquisite and about as good as the original, while “Get on the boat” is just a good fun ending.

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of weaker moments, and some embarrassing moments. “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed” by Tamar is. I guess, a song for the “younger audience”, as is “incense and candles”. Like fairy floss, too sweet. Not gaining well either. “Satisfied” follows on from the token ballad tradition, similar to “On the couch”. Forgettable.

“Lolita” is particularly embarrassing for a man who is approaching 50. A song about a girl he cant have because she’s under 18. Painful.

So, like Musicology, there is a mix of good and bad here – but there is more good than bad, and for that the record is a good experience overall.

3 out of 5

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Prince, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. “3121” 4:31
2. “Lolita” 4:06
3. Te Amo Corazón 3:35
4. Black Sweat 3:12
5. “Incense and Candles” 4:04
6. “Love” 5:45
7. “Satisfied” 2:50
8. Fury 4:02
9. “The Word” 4:11
10. “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed” (Prince, Támar) 5:43
11. “The Dance” 5:20
12. “Get On the Boat” 6:18

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