- 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: 188 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,563 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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
Top customer reviews
Some said it would hark back to the "'80's Prince." Some said it would be the next best thing to 'Purple Rain..."
Not quite, but Mr. Rogers Nelson has delivered a winner in "Planet Earth."
From the moody "Planet Earth", to the spectacular "Resoluton", this cd rocks!
Favorites cuts are "I'm the One U Wanna C," "Guitar", "Mr. Goodnite," "All the Midnights in the World", and the final selection.
Prince experiments a little with different sounds and mixes, but really, this guy is a Hall of Famer and a musical genius. Expect nothing but excellence.
This cd will go down as being one of his Top 5 of all-time.