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Prince is back with his new offering 3121. The album is full of classic Prince song's including the current single 'Black Sweat'. The first initial run of the CD will include 7 tickets that will grant those 7 lucky winners an intimate performance with Prince at his home in Los Angeles. Universal. 2006.

Add 3121 to the mounting pile of evidence: Prince is the black Beck. He's a whole lot sexier, no doubt, but there's more to both musicians than image. All-out weirdness for one. Edginess for another. And a fine-tuned sense of how to combine the two to create some of the decade's most vital music for a third. Prince--looking ageless in videos for the first two singles, the controversy-courting "Black Sweat" and the sauna-steeped "Te Amo Corazon"--proves fearless as ever here, folding fat slabs of disco-funk into rock, heaping measured doses of hip-hop atop soul-tinted jazz supports, and slamming Latin rhythms against old-school R&B riffs. Nothing sounds as slinky-stylish-smart. And nobody delivers quite so deliciously, especially when what they're delivering is ultimately a madcap sonic mash. The usual hype surrounding a Prince release attended this one; over the long-term, expect a few standouts within a way worth-it set to emerge. They include the danceable "Love"; the gospel-lite falsetto feast "Satisfied"; and the summer-breezy "Beautiful, Loved & Blessed." --Tammy La Gorce

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 3121
  2. Lolita
  3. Te Amo Corazon
  4. Black Sweat
  5. Incense and Candles
  6. Love
  7. Satisfied
  8. Fury
  9. The Word
  10. Beautiful, Loved & Blessed
  11. The Dance
  12. Get On The Boat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Records
  • ASIN: B000E97HIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,969 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Chasin on March 29, 2006
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I'm leery of the hype of this record as a return to 80s form, for the simple reason that Prince has never stopped recording and releasing outstanding music, never stopped evolving. Rainbow Children and the One Night Alone piano record, for example, are both fine records he's released within the past 5 years, and while his work may have lost consistency in the 90s, that was largely because he was putting out so much of it, not due to a decline in the quality of the best of it. The peaks were as high as always.

But indeed 3121 does hearken back to his classic middle-80s period, the run from Purple Rain through Sign O' the Times, when the music was as colorful as it ever was, and when Prince painted with his broadest palate. Here we combine the usual rock-solid funk, that glorious colorful music, and modern recording technology; this last point keeps the record from sounding like it was recorded back in the day, which is to say, it does not sound dated. What we have here, basically, is a fresh and vibrant album that evokes the color and style of Prince's most prolific, best-loved era.

3121 is a return to a particular sound, style of work. The vocals are rich and layered, with a heavy sense of female presence (sometimes Tamar, sometimes Prince himself); the instrumental backing is invigorating and creative and lush, and the playing, as if this even needs to be said, is right in the pocket. Something about this music sounds "revolutionary" (wink, wink.) And it can't be a coincidence that recently he has played live with Wendy, Lisa and Sheila E.

I'd swear that was the old Prince alter ego Camille singing with him on this opening track "3121," a song that merges the insistent prince funk with the sonic colors of his mid-80s work, both released and unreleased.
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Musicology from 2003 was Prince's comeback album to the spotlight. His best effort in over 10 years time, although it didn't score any major hit singles it was a powerful back to back album that proved Prince was back for real and so was his lost respect. Musicology was a somewhat careful album that sounded like a mix between ealy 90's NPG and an older grown up artist wanting to get back into the reputation he had built up for 2 decades, as great as it was it didn't take any risks and there were no explicit lyrics on the album either. 3121 goes one step further, it's not only better but it's more playful, with retro beats simular to what Prince delivered in his prime, catchy straight forward melodies and lyrics that only a poet could have written. You may think it's commercial and perhaps a little too much retro but it still feels fresh and original and considering that the Neptunes have made a name of themselves as one of the greatest producer teams around, relying on old skool beats like Prince already made in the early 80's, no wonder that Prince goes way back again into fammiliar territory. 3121 delivers 12 songs, and all of them are good on their own and yet coherant to the album concept, it also is shifting mood between the songs which makes it a pleasant listen all the way out. It may sound as a cliché but Prince is defenitely back in great form, this album only confirms his reputation as a musical genius.

It starts with the title track, a funky, sexy and extremly catchy song that is a duet with his high-pitched alter ego Camille. The hook goes "Don't U Wanna Come?, Gonna B So Much Fun, That's Where the Party B, U Can Come If U Want 2, But U Can Never Leave". Right on the spot.
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The fans have already spoken and this is an album for fans of Prince's most commercial work. As much as I despise reviews that predict the commercial success of an album (an approach that is killing music and ensured that some of Prince's greatest work, including "The Truth", which is a work of genius, remains unheard by the sheepish masses), be warned: this album is going to be a monster!

In the early Eighties, Prince, as everyone knows, released the legendary "1999" album, built around the topical and timely concept of an apocalyptic vision of the future in the nuclear age. It was the perfect signifier for his passionate, obsessive themes of eros and thanatos and celebrated a conscious revolution of the sexual, beyond the sexual: a neo-hippy movement ("All the hippies sing together") which he fathered. That movement became The Revolution (aptly named), evolving into the Paisley Park label, before it finally matured into the New Power Generation. In 2006, Prince has released "3121", which comments very little on our times; instead, it revisits and revises those themes, both lyrically and musically, which is how this album succeeds.

In the Eighties, Prince's vision of the future truly made him visionary. "3121", however, is a stunningly vivid collage of lessons of the past. Those seeking the adventure and innovation of masterpieces like "Parade" will be disappointed; in fact, they may even cry "Sell out!" But Prince has proven in the past that he is definitely his own man and the fact that this album doesn't sound like anyone else but so-called "classic" Prince should confirm that, more than anything else, "3121" is Prince at play, enjoying being true to himself.
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