3121

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Tom Neven
Bob Smithouser

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

“Beautiful, Loved and Blessed” thanks God for truth, forgiveness, “the breath of life … and the blood on Calvary.” “The Word” and “Get on the Boat” tell people to get right with God before it’s too late. Despite contemplating a “bump, bump, bump” with a young temptress on “Lolita,” Prince doesn’t give in (“You’ll never make a cheater out of me … If I took a sip, I’d be on the run”), however …

Objectionable Content

The singer wants it both ways, proud to have turned down sin, but only after painting a vivid picture of it. Elsewhere, the CD is full of provocative sexuality. Several tracks find people eager to strip (“Black Sweat,” “3121,” and the randy come-on “Incense and Candles”). The title song beckons listeners to attend a hedonistic party-to-end-all-parties, while “The Dance” describes a woman’s willingness to make love “on the stairs, against the pole.” A man brags about his ability to leave a female “Satisfied.” Champagne flows on two songs, while another includes a mild profanity.

Summary Advisory

If fans have been baffled about what to call him (Prince, the artist formerly known as Prince, symbol guy), it’s nothing compared to the confusion in his lyrics. One minute he’s waxing religious, talking about salvation and a coming tribulation. The next he’s leering, panting and trumpeting his sexual prowess. 3121 just doesn’t add up.

Tom Neven
Bob Smithouser
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