independent and unofficial
Prince fan community site
Tue 10th Dec 2019 7:57am
Welcome! Sign up or enter username and password to remember me
Forum jump
Forums > Prince: Music and More > 3121 - Great driving album on way to concert.
« Previous topic  Next topic »
  New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
Author

Tweet     Share

Message
Thread started 02/21/16 10:48pm

batman89

avatar

3121 - Great driving album on way to concert.

Grabbing some CD's for the drive to Sydney on the weekend for Piano & Microphone shows...3121 was within the batch. Having not listened to this album in many years, I was pleasantly reacquainted with this (what I now consider to be) great album.

The (pardon the pun) 'driving' beat and bass of the opening track "3121" is hypnotic in it's delivery and lays solid platform for the song to build upon...and build it does. Layer some cool low register vocals, horns and a plathero of guitar styles, culminating in a blistering solo worthy of an album opener, 3121 sets the right mood for this fun album.

"Lolita" I initially felt was a cheesy track in terms of both synths and lyrics. Whether it was the excitement of the occassion getting to me or the track has just matured a little on me, I enjoyed this song for what it is...a playful, danceable track with a cathy hook that doesn't take itself too seriously.

"Te Amo Corazon" has a beautiful melody to it and is a fine song in its own right..I still however feel it isn't worthy of a single release and certainly not a lead single! Choices like this surely contribute to the image of an album release and as Prince himself mentioned at the press release at the time...it is not indicatve of the sound of the album overall. Fine as an album track...not as a single.

Now we all know the coined phrase "The Fury Effect"...dating back to the rocking SNL performance of this song prior to the album release. I distinctly recall that flat feeling the first time I heard the studio version of this...what a let down compared to the live delivery. Again....perhaps the occassion clouded my interpretation here, but I found myself right into this recording for the first time and appreciated the rock elements that were previously unnoticed. I guess it's possible had I heard the studio version prior to SNL I may have a vice versa opinion, but that aside....I really found this particular listen rocking.

"The Dance" & "Get On The Boat" closing out the album were just about the best double shot I could ask for in that moment. One, a classic Prince mid tempo journey with intense vocals and a mature song I prefer these days. The final track...welll....it's funky as only Prince can funk. Right from the opening snare drums to the weird closing percussive outro GOTB really made for a great driving track for me and I'm sure... the folks next to me at various red lights!

I listened to "The Rainbow Children" on the way home...but that's another post.

  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #1 posted 02/22/16 5:14am

breakdown2k14

avatar

Always loved the 3121 album .I believe it was Prince's first number one album since batman
There's Joy in repetition
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #2 posted 02/22/16 6:43am

thisisreece

Fun album. Love 3121, Black Sweat, Fury, The Dance... and the best track on the album, The Word!

And The Rainbow Children is 'the bizness'.

Hundalasiliah!
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #3 posted 02/22/16 8:57am

IM001

Love this album - lots of great tracks!

  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #4 posted 02/22/16 9:19am

NorthC

I listened to it again recently. And yeah, I still like it. I love Love. And Beautiful Loved and Blessed and The Word.
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #5 posted 02/22/16 2:15pm

ZiggmanZoo

Great album. Includes many fine melodies and a lot of energy.

  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #6 posted 02/22/16 3:09pm

warning2all

Only Prince could do "Satisfied"; "Love" is cool; "Beautiful, Loved and Blessed"- especially the funky murky end is a nice tune. "The Word" is plain cool.

Not a bad track on the album, even the maligned "Insense and Candles". The Time-ish call & response on "Lolita" saves it for me.

Good album, if not super energetic. Better than "Musicology". Boring album cover, but nice colors. Odd showoff photography in the booklet. "Part One- The music" on the disc: wonder what the plan was.
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #7 posted 02/24/16 10:10am

partyup77

Agreed. It was a great road trip album too, back in 2006 - we had the leaked version on heavy rotation as we toured the mid-west, east coast & south east.

  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #8 posted 02/24/16 2:48pm

datdude

Was the leaked version any different?
  - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
  New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
« Previous topic  Next topic »
Forums > Prince: Music and More > 3121 - Great driving album on way to concert.