Musicology

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Bob Smithouser
Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Prince recalls the good ol’ days (“Reflection”) and rebukes an immodestly dressed woman who wants to have an affair (“What Do U Want Me 2 Do?” says, “I got a woman, you got a man/So we got to do what’s right”). On “Call My Name” he tells his wife, “I can’t stop writing songs about you/I love you so much” and believes the world would be a better place if everyone had a love like theirs. He warns a pal tempted to leave his lady that he will be waiting to heal her broken heart (“The Marrying Kind”), however …

Objectionable Content

Prince is quick to point out flaws in the girl that he aims to fix (“I’m gonna put her on the same diet Missy went on/You know she eats too much”). “Mr. Man” is a diatribe against the government that’s heavy on complaining, light on solutions and personal responsibility. A gigolo services an ugly but wealthy woman on “Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance,” which involves sex, greed and gambling. Alcohol appears on “If Eye Was the Man in Ur Life,” and a turned-on man pleads for his lover to not leave him frustrated (“On the Couch”).

Summary Advisory

The artist formerly known as “that symbol guy” returns to the pop charts with surprising Top-10 staying power. While this disc is better than past efforts (a devout Jehovah’s Witness, Prince shows moral restraint), Musicology isn’t a discipline worthy of teens’ study time.

Bob Smithouser
Bob Waliszewski
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