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Thread started 09/09/17 12:46pm

macaylasdad

anyone else feel that 3121 is grossly underrated?

I was listening to 3121 yesterday, the 1st time in a long while, I have it mixed in with Musicolgy, 2010 and Planet Earth... I must say of those albums, 3121 is far better... Anyone agree with that?

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Reply #1 posted 09/09/17 1:23pm

gingerwildwood

Actually, I find it grossly overrated. Like Musicology, I skip over half the CD.
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Reply #2 posted 09/09/17 1:41pm

kingricefan

I like 3121. Took awhile for the opening song to grow on me but I like almost every one now. Black Sweat is a masterpiece!

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Reply #3 posted 09/09/17 1:42pm

dance4me3121

The 3121 album to this day is one of my favorite Prince albums.I love all the songs.It debuted at number one on the charts if I remember correctly.Also,the promo videos and tv appearances Prince did for this album are great too.
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Reply #4 posted 09/09/17 1:47pm

stpaisios

My intro to Prince world. Absolute masterpiece for me smile

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Reply #5 posted 09/09/17 1:50pm

tomcooper2323

Yes I agree completely. I always really loved that album It is one of his best albums after 1994.

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Reply #6 posted 09/09/17 2:14pm

gandorb

It just doesn't pull me in like many Prince albums. Prefer Musicology from the same era.
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Reply #7 posted 09/09/17 2:40pm

rayfeb09

One of my top 5

1. Signs of the times

2. 1999

3. Purple Rain

4. prince

5. 3121 - the best - Love, Black Sweat, Lolita, The Dance and The Word. all the others are solid good listening music.

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Reply #8 posted 09/09/17 2:51pm

MIRvmn

Not a great album but it has 3 really good songs on it, Te Amo Corazon, The Word and The Dance smile
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Reply #9 posted 09/09/17 3:09pm

dance4me3121

MIRvmn said:

Not a great album but it has 3 really good songs on it, Te Amo Corazon, The Word and The Dance smile

No love for "Love"?
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Reply #10 posted 09/09/17 3:26pm

donnyenglish

Yes. Musicology, 3121, Planet Earth and Lotus/MPLS was a good run of great albums and proof that some of his best work was released in the second half of his career.
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Reply #11 posted 09/09/17 3:32pm

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I think "love" could have been a hit if well promoted,with a video and single edit.
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Reply #12 posted 09/09/17 4:27pm

Marrk

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Opinions. They nearly always differ from mine and my opinion is the only one that matters to me.

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Reply #13 posted 09/09/17 6:10pm

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I love 3121. If i recall correctly, Prince released this electrofunk album before Timberlake's similar one the same year and JT had the audacity to say he was the one bringing sexy back..LOL. And when P joked mildly imo about sexy having not gone anywhere, JT had a bit of a hissy fit (well, he wrote a bit of a diss song.)

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BTW< I like both albums and don't mind JT usually. But 47 year old Prince was still sexier than JT to me and he did it without Timberland or any curse words. The Dance is sexy as a mofo..

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Reply #14 posted 09/09/17 6:20pm

AnnaStesia10

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3121 is good and should not be underrated.
I love most of the songs. It's solid work to me. And this is coming from an 80s child that grew up on his 80s "peak " music. 3121 IS funky and cool. I luv it.
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Reply #15 posted 09/09/17 6:46pm

robertgeorge

I like 3121. The yardstick with absolute classic Prince albums is vertiginous. As a result, I put this album down a couple of tiers.

It is an album that I would rate higher than Musicology and Planet Earth. That being said Musicology has a lot of quality material like the title track, IIWTMIYL, the Marrying Kind and Illusion coma, pimp and circumstance.

I think 3121 is a fun album with lots of highly listenable tracks. 3121 the track is a monster.

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Reply #16 posted 09/09/17 8:11pm

bsprout

One of my favorite Prince albums.
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Reply #17 posted 09/10/17 12:20am

christobole

This may come as a surprise, even a shock to most of you, but all of Prince's post-88 albums are overrated.

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Reply #18 posted 09/10/17 12:29am

Phishanga

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Unfortunately, that autotune song that I fortunately forgot the name of, is on there, so... Really like the title track and The Word, though.

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Reply #19 posted 09/10/17 12:34am

dance4me3121

Phishanga said:

Unfortunately, that autotune song that I fortunately forgot the name of, is on there, so... Really like the title track and The Word, though.


Are you referring to "Incense and Candles"?
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Reply #20 posted 09/10/17 1:05am

NorthC

I don't know about over or underrated, but this album and the one before brought my love for Prince back after years of disappointments. At least he was writing songs again instead of preaching or doing instrumental jams.
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Reply #21 posted 09/10/17 2:35am

Phishanga

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dance4me3121 said:

Phishanga said:

Unfortunately, that autotune song that I fortunately forgot the name of, is on there, so... Really like the title track and The Word, though.

Are you referring to "Incense and Candles"?

Ugh, yes...

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Reply #22 posted 09/10/17 3:02am

milesb

rayfeb09 said:

One of my top 5

1. Signs of the times

2. 1999

3. Purple Rain

4. prince

5. 3121 - the best - Love, Black Sweat, Lolita, The Dance and The Word. all the others are solid good listening music.

Think you might mean Sign O the Times

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Reply #23 posted 09/10/17 3:04am

milesb

Marrk said:

Opinions. They nearly always differ from mine and my opinion is the only one that matters to me.

Indeed. In the immortal words of Dirty Harry "Opinions are like assholes, everybody's got one"

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Reply #24 posted 09/10/17 6:37am

nosajd

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I feel like almost all of his post 80's albums are way underrated, but that's just my opinion.

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Reply #25 posted 09/10/17 6:54am

joyinrepetitio
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Classic Prince album in the latter years for Prince

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Reply #26 posted 09/10/17 6:56am

Empress

Yes, I feel it's definitely underrated. 3121 is a fantastic album, the Dance just blows me away. I listen to this album often.
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Reply #27 posted 09/10/17 7:13am

Identity

The album contains 3 very good songs: the title track, "Black Sweat" and "Fury". Y'all can keep the rest.

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Reply #28 posted 09/10/17 7:38am

johnnyribcage

I find it to be enjoyable, middle of the road Prince. Noting earth-shattering. There are few great tracks in my opinion. 3121, Lolita, Black Sweat (although the lead synth kind of hurts my ears these days on certain stereos... getting old I guess).

The rest ranges from pretty decent to not that good. Like, I'd rank Love as okay. Incense suffers from that awful auto-tune - probably my single most hated vocal affect of all time. I pretty much dispise anything that uses it. Fury was better live, but the production here neuters it. The Word - okay I guess. Get on the Boat is a solid effort, but not as strong as others in this vein.

So yeah... not bad. I pop it on once in a while.

by the way, reason for the edits: how in the hell do you put paragraph space breaks on this forum? None of the typical ways work for me.

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Reply #29 posted 09/10/17 8:05am

stpaisios

Phishanga said:

Unfortunately, that autotune song that I fortunately forgot the name of, is on there, so... Really like the title track and The Word, though.

Yea, but autotune in that song has purpose like some vocal filter -- a nice touch, it's not forced to correct his vocal... Prince is not a crap singer.

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