After a long period of faltering record sales and artistic decline, Prince unleashed 2004's promising Musicology, giving fans a glimmer of hope that His Royal Badness would reclaim his pop-rock-soul supremacy. And while 3121 may not be the triumphant comeback Prince's faithful following wished for, it does offer a few gems worthy of joining his laudable collection of classics, including the dizzyingly funky lead single "Black Sweat" and the guitar-driven, Hendrix-esque "Fury." "Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed," Prince's Jehovah-witnessing duet with his newest protégé, Tamar, is downright infectious, and the Latin-tinged "Dance," where he yelps, "How you gonna stand there and act like you don't want this?," is sexier than anything found on the pious Musicology. Even so, Prince is just too set in his marital bliss and funk-era ways to make something as rhythmically challenging as "Tambourine" from Around the World in a Day or as lyrically cheeky as Sign 'O' the Times's "Ballad of Dorothy Parker." Although 3121 isn't his Holy Grail, it offers enough revelations to sustain the Purple One's new power generation until his next tour. That's where the real magic still happens.
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- Te Amo Corazón
- Black Sweat
- Incense and Candles
- The Word
- Beautiful, Loved and Blessed
- The Dance
- Get on the Boat
Performance CreditsPrince Primary Artist,Vocals,Various,Musician
Candy Dulfer Horn,Saxophone,Track Performer
Maceo Parker Horn,Saxophone,Track Performer
Sonny Thompson Bass Guitar
Michael Bland Drums,Track Performer
Greg Boyer Horn,Track Performer
Sheila E. Percussion,Track Performer
Ricky Salas Percussion,Bongos,Timbales,Track Performer
Tamar Braxton Vocals
Herbert Ureña Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Track Performer
Sonny Thompson Bass,Track Performer
Cora Coleman Dunham Drums
Ray Montiero Horn
Ricky Salas Percussion,Bongos,Timbales
Joshua Dunham Bass Guitar
Technical CreditsPrince Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Clare Fischer String Arrangements
L. Stuart Young Engineer
Ian Boxill Engineer
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Prince is known as one of the most eclectic musicians out there, singlehandedly crafting a style unlike any other, combining rock, jazz,r&b,funk,soul,blues,folk for a signature sound that is Prince. 3121 is a return to that style that made him a superstar in the early to mid 80's, and is also generating much success just like his previous albums of the 80's. With Prince you never know what cards he has in his hand, which makes his albums a great listen.
Wow, this is a very cool album. Prince has never left or lost a thing and this album proves it.
Great job! When I got this CD first I thouhgt it's bit sophisticated funk, but when you listen to it more, you start to appreciate it. My favourites are 1.Black Sweet 2.Love 3.Incense And Candles 4.Get On The Boat 5.Beautiful, Loved And Blessed. Prince's greatest thing is that he isn't afraid to go against the mainstreem (well, not always). Black Sweat for example is to simple for today's mainstreem funk at the same time it's to sophisticated for usal mainstreem hip-hop song. Really great job!!!!!!!!!!
As always when it comes to his royal badness, theres always a few duds admist the golden gems. After the first 3 duds the 9 gems shines through. My faveorite is the track Love.
This album just shows how versatile Prince still is and that the brother still has it! The song 'The Word'...so heavy. Buy this album and support real musicianship. We love you Prince!
This is one of the best CDs that Prince has ever released. EVERY song is a hit! Prince is truly an icon!
I do not care about what other critics say, this CD is off the hook. Prince is phenomenal and there are no musicians out there in the bizness. He said it truthfully that music is gone. There are no Aretha Franklins, James Browns, or Ohio Players anymore. When do we get to buy quality music anymore? Well let me tell you that "3121" is indeed a quality cd that you can play straight through to finish. I love Prince because he is true to the music. This is a must have!
This is the best Prince album ever. All the tracks are brilliant and fresh. "Fury", "Love" and "Te Amo Corazon" are sure hits and soon to be classics. This is really a very solid album from Prince.
I have been the Purple Highness' fan since his album titled "Prince." It doesn't surprise me that 3121 is just as good if not better than ANYTHING the man has done. He is true to the music and that is what makes him timeless. This album is a must have for any Prince fan!