Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. This is the Prince album we wanted Musicology to be.
  2. It could be argued that music this masterful waives all claim to the sound of surprise--until you pay attention.
  3. But while "3121" might suggest that, at 47, Prince isn't looking to change the face of music anymore, he's clearly still more than capable of delivering classic Prince albums.
  4. Maybe he's no longer breaking new ground, but his eccentricities are now an attribute, not a curse, which goes a long way in making his trademark blend of funk, pop, soul, and rock sound nearly as dazzling as it did at his popular and creative peak in the '80s.
  5. 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]
  6. Like many of his records, it's more of a collection of songs than a 'play from beginning to end' affair.
  7. 80
    A deeply enjoyable pop-funk record. [May 2006, p.114]
  8. Ultimately, this is the best album The Artist Formerly Known As Squiggle could possibly have hoped to make in 2006.
  9. Add 3121 to the mounting pile of evidence: Prince is the black Beck.
  10. Uneven? No question. Entertaining? Is the rain purple?
  11. 75
    Prince’s main weakness is the urge to display his own mind-boggling talent.
  12. A testament to the singer's versatility and musicianship.
  13. A friendly, happy, concise album. [20 Mar 2006]
  14. 70
    The minimalist tracks rate among his best. [May 2006, p.109]
  15. The best thing about 3121 is the opportunity it affords its maverick creator to school the children by recontextualizing historically resonant pop riffs and icons.
  16. Oh well, a third of a terrific Prince album is better than no terrific Prince album at all.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 1 out of 40
  1. MikeL
    Aug 20, 2007
    7
    It took awhile to grow on me, but this is arguably Prince's best album since "The Truth" (released in 1996 with "Crystal Ball" and It took awhile to grow on me, but this is arguably Prince's best album since "The Truth" (released in 1996 with "Crystal Ball" and unfortunately OOP). Pretty solid stuff, 8 of 12 tracks are keepers. 4 just plain suck, and they're mainly the slow ones. Of the ballads, only "Satisfied" is worth returning to - it's classic, slow-burning Prince. Full Review »
  2. MCJC
    Jul 21, 2006
    8
    great album. no touching 'Black Sweat'.
  3. derrickJ
    Jul 1, 2006
    9
    He is getting back to form. The ballads are the bomb! This is a close to killer cd. The purple King still has it but there is always a bridge He is getting back to form. The ballads are the bomb! This is a close to killer cd. The purple King still has it but there is always a bridge we must cross. If he gives the devoted fans all we want(Lovesexy) he will lose the world. He is in an aweful fix becasue even when he dumbs down for his audience, they want him dumber!! Prince, find total satisfaction in God and let the wanna bee fans drown in your brillance. Full Review »