Prince is back, and he's having fun again.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Message is positive. There are a few anti-sex and booze references that don't come close to preachy.

Not applicable

Minimal. "On the Couch" details his struggle with wanting to be in bed with a girl before they're married.


Nothing bad.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

You don't have to indulge to party like Prince.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while heavy on the funk of old, this album avoids the old Prince in a couple of ways. The questionable lyrics of his past are gone and he no longer tries the delicate balancing act between God and his libido (there's a little bit of the latter, but it's hardly explicit).

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What's the story?

Can Prince still party? Oh yeah...well, at least he says so. MUSICOLOGY is almost an updated tribute to Prince's 1970s influences, with updated, slam-bang production and virtuoso musicianship. It's almost a template of how to play groove music, without the questionable sideline stuff regarding sex, drugs and booze.

Is it any good?


While Prince has always strayed wildly in his subject matter, MUSICOLOGY focuses on the good times music can bring. Prince couldn't lyrically avoid love, relationships, and a bit of social commentary if his life depended on it. Yet it's all pretty positive here.

On "What Do U Want Me 2 Do," Prince teasingly scolds a groupie for even thinking they can get together after she sees his wedding ring. On "If Eye Was The Man in Ur Life" (Prince still refuses 2 spell correctly), he delivers a mild anti-alcohol message that's nevertheless buried in the context of wanting better for a woman he says should be with him. All in all, this is Prince's brightest record in more than a decade.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the positive messages here, such as the anti-alcohol sentiment, for example. Ask your teens if they think Prince can be popular without focusing on sex, drugs and alcohol. Why do they think so many other artists focus on shock value instead of music?

Music details

Release date:April 20, 2004
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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