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 and 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 and 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.