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Release date
21 Mar 2006
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 3121 4:31 21,613
2 Lolita 4:06 21,926
3 Te Amo Corazon 3:39 10,251
4 Black Sweat 3:11 37,775
5 Incense And Candles 4:05 18,630
6 Love 5:46 18,085
7 Satisfied 2:50 18,406
8 Fury 4:02 27,772
9 The Word 4:11 17,222
10 Beautiful, Loved & Blessed 5:18 11,129
11 The Dance 5:21 15,963
12 Get On The Boat 6:12 16,257

About this album

Musicology was a self-conscious comeback, a record designed to return Prince to the spotlight and the charts, and it worked: even if it spawned no big hits, the 2004 LP became his first album to crack the Billboard Top Ten since 1995’s The Gold Experience, get a fair amount of radio play, and get a bunch of positive press, along with a well-received tour. Prince no longer seemed like an eccentric consigned to the fringes: he seemed like a savvy pro, reclaiming a reputation and respect that he’d lost. That he did it with an album that sounded uncannily like a deliberate return to classic Prince as performed by the New Power Generation was almost beside the point: it was enough that he sounded engaged, and that he made a focused, purposeful album. Its quickly delivered 2006 follow-up, 3121, proves that Musicology was no fluke. Like its predecessor, 3121 is tight and concise, offering 12 songs in 53 minutes, and it’s classically structured, emphasizing shifting moods and textures between songs. It is an album, not a collection of songs, and you could even call it old-fashioned, but it feels fresher than Musicology, as if Prince had listened to enough Neptunes productions to understand how they’ve absorbed his music.

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