Planet Earth

Planet Earth

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by Prince
     
 

Featuring the playful funk anthems "Guitar" and "The One U Wanna C," Prince's eagerly awaited new disc, Planet Earth, is a brilliant mix of driving rock and laid-back soul and coincides with His Royal Badness's 21-night series of concerts at London's O2 Arena.  See more details below

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Featuring the playful funk anthems "Guitar" and "The One U Wanna C," Prince's eagerly awaited new disc, Planet Earth, is a brilliant mix of driving rock and laid-back soul and coincides with His Royal Badness's 21-night series of concerts at London's O2 Arena.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Comeback accomplished, Prince now settles into a groove with 2007's Planet Earth, his 26th studio album and successor to the two deliberate comebacks, Musicology and 3121. Those two albums were designed to storm the top of the charts but, more importantly, they were made with the intention of making Prince prominent again -- a gambit that worked since Prince worked hard, stealing the show at both the Superbowl and the American Idol fifth-season finale and turning into an in-demand concert ticket once again. Both records were recorded with the expectations of making a splash, and 3121 even made some overtures toward modern music, most noticeably in the sleek electro workout of "Black Sweat," which suggested that Prince had heard the Neptunes, even if he didn't pay them much mind. In contrast to such grudging nods at his progeny, Planet Earth doesn't attempt to make concessions to contemporary music, although it does make a point of addressing the modern world, whether it's in the neo-apocalyptic warnings of destruction and God on the title track or his offhand reference to "this digital age" on the sweet slow jam "Somewhere Here on Earth." Such passing asides are enough indication that, even if Prince may belong to his own universe, he surely lives in our world, something that's also apparent from his move to give away the album with Sunday newspapers in the U.K., a move that infuriated record labels in Britain -- since how can you sell something that's being given away for free? -- yet makes some sense in terms of sheer marketing. After all, Planet Earth is the kind of sturdy, highly enjoyable music that needs some manufactured hoopla around its release; otherwise, it will fade into the artist's prodigious back catalog because of its very nature. This isn't a self-styled comeback, it's an album that showcases a still-vital veteran relaxing and playing music that's not surprising, not fashionable, but not stodgy or fussy. That may mean that Planet Earth isn't much more than a quite good Prince album, one that hits upon his most accessible personas -- impish popster, funk-rocker, seductive balladeer, charmingly mystic weirdo -- and doesn't go much further than that, yet it still offers plenty to enjoy, either as sheer music (some of the synths are a bit glassy, but nobody knows how to make a record sound warm like Prince) or as songs. If there are no classics here -- or even songs that are as instantly grabbing as "Lolita" -- there are no bad songs either, with the very funny, tightly wound rocker "Guitar," the light, frothy "The One U Wanna C," and the NPG knockoff "Chelsea Rodgers" being as engaging as slow jams like "Future Baby Mama." There's no fluff and no fat, just ten strong songs delivered with just enough flair to remind you it's the work of Prince, yet strategically avoiding the indulgence that marginalized him throughout the '90s. Ultimately, Planet Earth is the sound of a working musician working, which makes it a bit of a passing pleasure, yet there's no denying that it is indeed a pleasure having him turn out solid records like this that build upon his legacy, no matter how modestly.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
Serious songs begin and end the album. It starts with the title track, an earnest environmental piano anthem with an orchestral buildup, and winds up with the devout "Lion of Judah" and with "Resolution," an antiwar song. In between, Prince flirts a lot, playing hard-to-get as he rocks through "Guitar" ("I love you baby, but not like I love my guitar") and promising sensual delights in the upbeat "One U Wanna C" and the slow-grinding "Mr. Goodnight."
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
There's a sense of patience rewarded, hearing the feathery tremolo guitars and female backing coos in "The One U Wanna C" -- a slice of pure pop cut from the same pie as "Raspberry Beret" -- or the return of his Delfonics falsetto on "Somewhere Here on Earth" and "Future Baby Mama." B+

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886971297027
catalogNumber:
712970

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prince   Primary Artist
Maceo Parker   Group Member
Michael B.   Drums
Greg Boyer   Group Member
Sheila E.   Percussion
Marva King   Vocals
Sonny T.   Bass
Morris Hayes   Group Member
Renato Neto   Group Member
Christian Scott   Trumpet
Lee Hogan   Group Member
C.C. Dunham   Group Member
Shelby J.   Group Member
Mike Phillips   Group Member
Bria Valente   Vocals

Technical Credits

Prince   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Maceo Parker   Arranger,Producer
Greg Boyer   Arranger,Producer
Morris Hayes   Arranger,Producer
Renato Neto   Arranger,Producer
Lee Hogan   Arranger,Producer
C.C. Dunham   Arranger,Producer
Shelby J.   Arranger,Producer
Mike Phillips   Arranger,Producer

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Planet Earth 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me preface this by saying I have followed Prince from way back in the day and I am a huge "fan"? of this musical genius. However, I listened to the new CD and wasn't impressed. Oh, sure there was "Guitar" which is a "get yer funk on" song, but I have to say there wasn't much more. "Planet Earth" was "The Ladder" revisited and although I liked "The One U Wanna C", it reminds me a lot of the Controversy album. Prince, I stuck with you through "Rainbow Children" - loved,loved,loved "3121" and even most of "Musicology", but I have to pass on this one. Perhaps I want to keep Prince in a small box of limited musical directions, but "Resolution" sounds like a child's song. I'm sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this new cd. It starts and ends perfectly. This cd may not B 4 those who wish 2 continue playing the old stuff... this is 4 a more mature fan. The rocking "Guitar" makes U tap your feet and bob your head! The sensual songs R some of his best work ever. His vocals R as strong now as they ever were. Is there any sound Prince can't make with a guitar? Listen, he makes it an entirely different instrument than what most people R used 2. The best thing about new Prince cd's R that they make U listen over and over again until U get it. It may take a few tries at 1st, but U'll soon B hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been in love with his music since I was just a little girl. Infact most friends and family begin conversations with me by asking if I am still a Prince "freak". I love the new CD. It still has undertones of the old, along side touches of the new Johovah Witness influenced Prince. He can go gray, change religion, divorce, whatever...But his music still shakes the room, turns heads and gets toes tappin'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Planet Earth is a really Cool, and i mean Cool CD! I love it all. Even though i am a newbie to his songs, i love Prince. He is the only artist that plays practically every instrument known to man, and to me that is really amazing. Not only that, but at all of his concerts, I have never heard and I mean never heard him lip sang. Prince is a true preformer, and i can't say that about a lot of artists. Prince is really amazing, and i say that all musicians "new" could learn or should learn a thing or two from Prince. 2 Songs i love the most from Planet Earth is Mr. Goodnight and Some where here on Earth. From your 23 year old fan. Zarayda Trotter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago