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Planet Earth

3.6 out of 5 stars 174 customer reviews

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Simply put, Planet Earth is the album longtime Prince fans have been waiting for. Several cuts on this album revisit some of the classic Prince sound the captured fans all over the world and helped deem him an incomparable music icon. Superstar and legendary musician prince kicked off 2007 with a show stopping Super Bowls Half-time performance. Prince pulled out all the stops during the second most-watched super bowl broadcast ever. With an estimated 93.2 million viewers to entertain, Prince wasted no time showing off his stages powers and irrefutable guitar skills. He masterfully captured the attention and respect of music fans in general, while sending a message to long time Prince fans that he was ready to once again reign supreme.

Because it would be un-Prince-like to release a new studio album without kicking up a little controversy first, the Artist Formerly Known As a Cool-Looking Symbol gave away copies of Planet Earth with a British news tabloid weeks before its U.S. release. Among the reasons he shouldn't have: nobody who catches wind of the peerless funk-rock-soul he lays out on these 10 tracks--least of all longtime fans--would think twice about shelling out for it. A big chunk of the appeal is that Prince finds his way back to his guitar here. The title track, a politically right-on-time environmental rant, steers him back toward "Purple Rain" territory, as does "Lion of Judah" ("Guitar," oddly, doesn't--it's more of a straight-up, shout-it-out modern rocker). And the flirty numbers are seriously flammable: "Somewhere Here on Earth" seduces with a crackly jazz vibe, while "Mr. Goodnight" gets friendly with a refined slip of rap. Coolest of all are two tracks at cross purposes-- "Chelsea Rodgers" fuses funk with disco until it's so far off the hook it's in a heap on the floor, and "All the Midnights in the World" paints a picture of artistic maturity through piano and lyrics that lean hard on positivity. There's an elegance to it that Prince fans, no strangers to pop music that's truly sublime, won't fail to appreciate. --Tammy La Gorce

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Planet Earth
  2. Guitar
  3. Somewhere Here On Earth
  4. The One U Wanna C
  5. Future Baby Mama
  6. Mr. Goodnight
  7. All the Midnights In the World
  8. Chelsea Rodgers
  9. Lion of Judah
  10. Resolution

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • ASIN: B000RMC7H0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,341 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...because we're the only ones that will put up with such mediocre tripe from a man who knows better. First let me say that I love Prince, even when I chunk money down for stuff that should have never had a price tag on it. Not everything that pops in your head needs to be set to music. Overall, I like three songs on this: Guitar, Somewhere here on earth and Mr. Goodnight. Lyric wise: I could have written The one U want to C-probably like in the Junior High. Prince is very good writing senusal lyrics, but whenever he starts his political agenda stuff, it suddenly sounds juvenile and campy. Like: Planet Earth and Resolutions. He truely could have kept : All the midnights in the world. It's only tolerable because it's so short. While he's waxing proses about the problem with wars and people, I think the problem with telling certain people that they are musical geniuses is that they start slacking off and start pasting weak lyrics on recycled beats. Sorry, but some of these songs sound eerily familar. Still, I'm a sucker for my 80s icon and I'll continue to follow his music journey. Overall, get for your collection, but try to get yourself one of those free copies if you can.
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I should begin this review by telling you what I was expecting from Planet Earth: not much. I've learned several painful lessons over the last 12 years, from various Prince stinkers (Stink-os & Disorder, Rave Un2 The Stink Fantastic, The Rainbow Stink), but the main lesson is this: Prince's fastball ain't what it used to be. I can accept that now. There was a time when I couldn't accept that, a time when I proclaimed Emancipation to be the greatest album of the 90s, and in fact as good as Purple Rain.

Now I'm older and hopefully more mature (though I did throw on Emancipation one more time the other night, still searching for that greatness I thought I once heard). After the horrific artistic crime that was The Rainbow Children, I officially gave up on Prince. It was SO CLEARLY OVER. And everyone knew it but pointy-headed critics and him.

But of course, as a fan I never stopped hoping. When Musicology came out, of course I bought it. However, I waited two whole months instead of rushing right out to get it. As an album, Musicology was definitely an improvement (which is like saying North is better than When I Was Cruel), but overall it was not a good album. I listened to it for a week and then put it away, saying he had gone away from pretentious concept junk and was back to putting out bland junk.

However, two songs did stick in my mind: "Call My Name", and "What Do You Want Me 2 Do?" Those two diamonds in the dogpile did provide a flicker of hope. And let me tell you, those two songs are as good as anything Prince has ever done (so is 1+1+1 Is 3, but it's on The Rainbow Children and that album is a total affront).
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Prior to "Planet Earth," the last Prince album I can say I liked (or at least kinda liked) was "Rave Unto the Joy Fantastic." The last two ("3121" and "Musicology") - though obviously both commercial comebacks - did next to nothing for me. They were just more additions to the growing list of disjointed, thrown-together sub-par works that Prince began releasing back in '94 with "Come" (though not including every album after that, just that the good ones were less and less frequent). I distinctly remember how distressing it was for an artist who was responsible for such a long line of carefully crafted albums to expect record buyers to be satisfied with willful sloppiness. Sure, with "Come" (and others) he was hurrying to get out of his Warner's contract - but all these years after the fact, what matters is the music...not his fued with the label. I continue to maintain that he hasn't released a truly great album since 1992's 'Symbol' album (and even that one was flawed, i.e. Tony M was still on board). And I still say that "The Truth" (i.e. disc 4 of "Crystal Ball") is the closest he's come to that greatness in the years since.

All that said, I'll reiterate: I like this new album. It turned out to be a nice surprise - not a major return to form, but a mostly consistently enjoyable collection of new songs. Are they all new? It's hard to say - I do have trouble believing all the musicians who are credited in the album's sparse (nearly non-existant, truth be told) liner notes turned up for recent sessions. Some of this music was quite possibly in the can for many years - the wildly varying tone, and overall sound, throughout the album supports this idea. Before delving into a song-by-song look, I'll summarize my overall feelings.
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Everyone knows Prince is always jammin' but this CD has some timeless jams. And they are catchy, but wonderfully unique and artistic. Like secret pearls. So take a listen and discover the secret. I recommend starting the CD with track #10, take a listen to it a couple times, you'll be hooked - then move to track #8 and jam to this a few times. Oh yeah, you'll be feeling O(+> really good! Thank you my fellow musician, I respect you always! : ) Then move on up to #2 and hit the new single and remember that Prince can rock better than most since the 60's - he is a master, a true legend - then jam out to #5 and women - enjoy - this is Prince back at his absolute best. This song can bring life into the world over and over, this is a song of romance, love and truth. Jam out to #6 - and smile at his infectious groove, and kick back and check out the rest of this CD. Oh wait, check out #4 and wow - #3 so Smokey. I like this vocal. Very very Smokey. This CD is deep, different, and grows on you like his classic CD's. It is a 5 star effort, watch, it will grow on you more and more and more - how does he do it? At 48 he sounds 17 ready to explore and he is funkier than ANYONE out today - no one can compare. NO one. : ) Jam on my favorite one. : ) GOD BLESS ALWAYS. Love light in the universe..............PLANET EARTH! Make sure you check out his website for lyrics and pictures. You won't be disappointed, Prince, "Future Baby Mama" is so so sweet. I'd love to sing with you one day! You are just too much, and I LOVE IT!! You keep me young. : )
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