- Audio CD (23 July 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B000RMC7H0
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Recently signed to Columbia Records, Prince's new album , Planet Earth, was entirely written and produced by him, and the first single, 'Guitar', is an infectious slice of classic Prince poprock. A multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer, songwriter, Oscar winning composer, and multi-Grammy winning artist, Prince has sold more than 100 million records and is fearless in his pursuit of artistic challenges. This new album has amazing packaging which incorporates a lenticular cover that has to be seen to be believed!
The things you do for a buck...Controversially given away with the Mail On Sunday; this latest slab of funky, pop-flavoured pop prog from the diminutive purple one meant that your reviewer had to quit his cosy Sunday morning bed to get a copy with his pint of milk. Good job I hadn't been drinking the night before, as Prince's output has always been heady stuff for the Lord's Day.
Strangely enough the link may not be so tenuous. Prince's work still draws on the church though he's no longer in thrall to the psycho-sexual, God vs. naughty little devil act. It's now a milder mixture of righteous, groovy morality ('Planet Earth', 'Lion Of Judah') and his irrepressible desire to get down. This is a return of sorts to the sunshine pop end of the artist's output. He's back from the outer badlands of dirty funk that he roamed for so long. That's not to say that 'Chelsea Rodgers' (the name of the impish one's latest protégé and 'role model') doesn't avoid getting on the good foot. But overall Planet Earth is light in tone.
As always there are a few slow 'making-out' numbers: 'Mister Goodnight' is a slinky return to the wicked purpleness we love him for whereas 'Somewhere Here On Earth' is less successful; being rather too generic in its jazzy, R'nB loved-upness.
The rest of the album is a tasty melange of psycheledic Californian harmonies ('The One U Wanna C'), and wigged-out guitar pop ('Planet Earth', 'Resolution') all buoyed up by popping basslines. The real clunker is, unfortunately, the first single. 'Guitar', which is as unimaginative enough to veer close to sounding like pretenders to the throne, such as Lenny Kravitz. It's still got an ace guitar solo at the end though...
In fact, not since Purple Rain has he got out the axe so much (this album even sees the return of old cohorts such as Wendy, Lisa and Sheila E). It's probably a nod to a stadium career that's kept him in pesos since his recorded output became overtaken by everyone from Outkast to Timbaland, each one of whom worships at his altar. Who cares? He's still Prince, and he's still a little bit funky. --Chris Jones
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Enjoy and lets hope he doesn't pack it all in as the rumours have suggested as that would be a great loss.
Essentially the reason so many people get upset with this and other works by the Purple one is that down the years he has promised so much to so many and then had the balls to deliver. So now any time he serves one sect in the faith of his very broad church everyone else feels left out and cheated. Therefore consider the following:-
If you have Purple Rain/Around the World/Sign o The Times this is for you. If you have Diamonds & Pearls/Love Symbol/Musiciology/Emancipation Disc I, then the tracks Future Baby Mama, Mr. Goodnight and Chelsea Rodgers will set your world alight. The rest may leave you a little cold.
If you even know the Black album exists, then pay 22 bucks for a Japanese import of the disc we all got for free (well almost) after all it's not like you're even gonna break the seal are you!
And lastly if you did buy Batman and STILL play it then buy "Baby One More Time" instead..........by Britney Spears!
There are deliberate echoes of past triumphs, the chorused guitar from Lion of Judah plants you right alongside his highness in the middle of Apollonia's bosom with purple raindrops falling all over the place. Opening chords on Guitar take you as close to When Doves Cry as you can get without using a sampler, and the opener "Planet Earth" is as deeply reflective as Sign o' The Times (the single) but completeley misses the mark - Talking HIV in 1987 was groundbreaking, but the "Environment" twenty years on? Even John McCain does that!
Production is exactly what you'd expect, like no-one else in the world slick, clean and uniquely coloured Purple.Read more ›
Like many others I bought and binned The Mail on Sunday today but kept the CD, and with some trepidation I put it into the player. You know what? It's actually pretty good! Sure, there are a couple of fairly bland ballads and a pretty tragic stab at rap, but there are also some great songs here. The title track sounds not unlike his unreleased classic "Empty Room", and "Chelsea Rodgers" is an uptempo stomper of a track which will sound tremendous played live or outside on a warm summer day (remember what they were like?) It is also great to hear Wendy & Lisa popping up on two or three tracks as well, and the great man is clearly having a lot of fun with this set of songs.
Are there any classics on here? Not at the first listen, but there are some really enjoyable songs here. If you're looking for a fun album with some solid songs, great guitar work in places, and a return to form from Prince, then buy this one without any worries. After years of duds he's produced something worthwhile at last. Somehow I knew he would.
The first track on 'planet earth' is a soulful call to arms about the plight of the world which America is finally waking up to. Nice but who cares? We like Prince because he invented funk. Skip to track two to see him coming back with a bang, 'guitar' has all the excitement and thrill of his most famous tracks from the past and great lyrics - 'I love you baby, but not like I love my guitar!' *cue amazing guitar solo*. Many of the other tracks are slow jazzy numbers that remind me of his earlier work, in particular the ballads from the batman soundtrack. Not to worry though, by the time you get to track 8, Chelsea Rodgers will wake you up in style. Its not just the best song on the album in my opinion, its one of his best tracks ever. A funky, exciting number sure to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some people have the most amazing gifts - lyrical genius!Published 4 months ago by Quintessential Afro Chick
Put the record into an intelligent playing device (that's a PC to you , thicky) and notice what genre it says it is: funk. Hold that thought. Now look at the album cover. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2010 by Alister King
If you want to listen to the same stuff over and over then put the brilliant Purple Rain on. This is another album from Prince and it is fantastic (we don't want him to put the... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2008 by Fifi La Bond
An unavoidable fact is that Prince will never again have planet earth in the palm of his hand like he did circa 84 but since the religious jazz odyssey that is The Rainbow Children... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2008 by Ted Maul
I like other reviewers still havent come down after seeing Prince live at the 02 last week. I'd always liked his music but wouldnt say I was a 'fan' when I went to see him. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2007 by EG
Just writing my riposte here, this isn't a bad album, washed over me really, by the way Prince isn't a genre - James Brown is.Published on 11 Sept. 2007 by Graham Simons
OK I'll admit I'm probably still a bit dizzy from seeing Prince live the other night but this is a good album. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2007 by Wall boy
The last "goodness knows how many" Prince albums have been hailed as a return to form. But let's face it even though some of them are okayish you still know that the next album he... Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2007 by Scott