336: In Love

For You (1978)
After the rarefied air of the opening track, the next three songs on For You turn aquatic. In Love is a flooded basement of sequins and mirrorballs, squelching along like Soft & Wet with water-wings. Prince sings about drowning in your love and inaugurates the highly suggestive “river” metaphor that gets a lot of purple mileage over the years (often in other ‘love’-titled songs of his: My Love is ForeverWhen 2 R in LoveLove 2 the 9s). The deep, synthy waters flow smoothly into the aforementioned Soft & Wet and by the time we get to track five, Crazy You, the floods subside and the percussion is left to drip dry in the sun.