Musicology

Label
Sbme Import
Release date
18 May 2004
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
44:48

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Musicology 4:24 41,314
2 Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance 4:48 13,840
3 A Million Days 3:50 17,313
4 Life 'O' the Party 1:28 10,554
5 Call My Name 5:15 21,729
6 Cinnamon Girl 3:57 25,111
7 What Do U Want Me 2 Do? 4:15 13,369
8 The Marrying Kind 2:49 15,477
9 If Eye Was the Man in Ur Life 3:09 15,275
10 On the Couch 3:34 15,508
11 Dear Mr. Man 4:15 15,496
12 Reflection 3:04 14,689

About this album

Prince’s star faded not long after he won emancipation from Warner Brothers in 1995, as he abandoned the mainstream so he could follow his whims however he liked. Which meant that he effectively started making records for nobody but himself, whether that meant triple-disc collections of new material or an all-instrumental smooth jazz album, and in short order, his fans started dwindling away to nothing but the hardcore, who themselves had their patience tried by such antics as Prince suing his own fanzine in the late ’90s. It seemed that he was fated to permanently wander in the wilderness, making music for an ever more selective audience, until he suddenly decided in 2004 that he wanted to be back in the game, returning to the spotlight with acclaimed performances at the Grammys and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, announcing an all-hits tour, and releasing Musicology, his first major-label distributed album in five years. This flurry of activity suggests that Prince is treating this as an opportunity for a full-fledged comeback and, thankfully, he’s seized this moment and delivered a vastly entertaining record. Unlike everything he’s done since leaving Warner, Musicology doesn’t alienate listeners; it’s tight and lean, weighing in at 12 tracks and 47 minutes, yet that’s still enough room for Prince to showcase his virtuoso versatility. He tries a little everything — down and dirty funk jams, slow sensual grooves, and, happily, he revives the psychedelic pop of the mid-’80s with the deliriously catchy “Cinnamon Girl” — but unlike on such overworked albums as Emancipation and Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic

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  • nanara

    I think you have to get used to it.

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DECAPIT8HOOKERS

    I think that this is an incredibly underrated album. I only bought it because he played 'Musicology' at Sziget, but in my 'umble 'pinion there are only 1 or 2 weak tracks on the whole record. Swag!!!!!

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • irisalvino

    prince

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • bleachgeek4973

    Not a big fan of this album but its got its good parts.

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jeanneMJ

    The best songs start with Call My Name. Song A Million Days is not bad, but Musicology; Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance and Life 'O' the Party aren't good. I cannot stand them.

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • aserrano77

    SMASHINGLY GREAT!!!!

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • schubox

    Really solid, grooving mother of an album. The only track I really don't like is Reflection, although the lyrics are hilarious. The title track is one of the funkiest jams ever released; the trio of The Marrying Kind, If Eye Was the Man in Ur Life and On The Couch is incredible. I think my favourite has to be Dear Mr. Man though - that is a groove-and-a-half! Gotta love Maceo's solo too.

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • rdeyahlxp

    DON'T YOU EVAH TOUCH MY STEREO!!!!!

    28 Feb 2008 Reply
  • randel14

    such a great artist!

    10 Dec 2006 Reply

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