3121 - Prince
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  • Summary: This is the purple one's second straight set of mainstream music, following 2004's 'Musicology,' which itself followed a string of more esoteric releases.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. It could be argued that music this masterful waives all claim to the sound of surprise--until you pay attention.
  2. As on Musicology, the beats get pretty wicked here... But while 3121 is no funkier than Musicology, it does emphasize speedier tempos and, two nods to Zapp aside, more conventional sonics. [6 Apr 2006, p.60]
  3. Like many of his records, it's more of a collection of songs than a 'play from beginning to end' affair.
  4. Oh well, a third of a terrific Prince album is better than no terrific Prince album at all.
  5. There are songs here that are terrific.... But 3121 wouldn't be a Prince album if it wasn't also full of filler. [May 2006, p.119]
  6. Even at its best, and it gets pretty damn good, such as on the stark "Black Sweat" and the rock single, "Fury," the record still sounds like it's stuck somewhere in the past.
  7. One expects more from Prince than this "futuristic fantasy."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40