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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Woooo! Wonderful and very Prince. 😘 I love it. Thank you, you wonderful man & musician. 🎶. I will cherish it like I do all my other Prince CD's.Published 28 days ago by Grateful
Amazing. I had to pay 100.00 just to get this and I would do it again! Love it!Published 1 month ago by Sandra J. Roberts
I have listened to almost all of Prince's albums. I really adore this album. I feel like this album as a whole is cohesive and smooth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Reuther
Had no idea what this album was about as could not sample any tracks. Glad I went ahead and bought it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Barrett