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Editors’ Notes

Twenty-three years after Purple Rain catapulted Prince to superstardom, the purple one continues to engage his listening audience on his own terms. Prince has recorded such an overwhelming amount of music over the years that it has been near impossible for the casual fan, never mind his record company, to keep up. But with Planet Earth, it’s as if Prince decided to offer up a Cliff’s Notes version of his career, circa 2007. The ten tracks he chose for the final album exhibit an intense precision and highlight all the elements — expert funk, aggressive guitar, cheeky, playful vocals — that made him a star in the first place.  “Guitar” is an aptly titled rocker. The title track critiques modern times. “Somewhere Here on Earth” hints at jazz and smooth R&B. “Mr. Goodnight” nods towards hip-hop. “Chelsea Rodgers” goes for funk. “Lion of Judah” commands hard rock.  “All the Midnights in the World” sits down at the piano. That might sound like a variety show, but with Prince writing, playing and producing, the final effect is a smooth, consistent blend where the author’s voice is never put to question.

Customer Reviews

For those of you who love the old Prince sound...

then you definetly need to get this album...Prince's voice is on point as usual and you hear some of that guitar and piano sound you loved in the past. This album is a great listen from the first to the last track. Must listens are Future Baby Mama, Mr. Goodnight, All the Midnights in the World, and Lion of Judah...Thanks for a beautiful album Prince...

I Know U Hear Me Like a Whisper in Ur Ear

Many artists like to say it is all about the music all the while charging three digest to their concerts and licensing their music for even the most inane products. Then there is Prince who, ever since ending his long time battle with label Warner Bros, has been the most progressive artist in getting his music out including giving copies of his latest albums out to anyone who buys a ticket to his concerts, which are reasonably priced when his contemporaries are charging obscene prices. His latest attempt to get his music out came when he struck a deal with British paper The Mail who attacked Prince’s latest album, Planet Earth, to one of its editions last week. Naturally Columbia Records, who is handling the world wide distribution of the album wasn’t too thrilled and decided not to release the album in England. Not like Prince cares because all he wants is for people to hear the music. And ever since changing his name back from an unpronounceable symbol, there has been some great music including the grove of Musicology, the funk of Black Sweat, and even his contribution to the Happy Feet Soundtrack was pretty catchy. And that is what makes Planet Earth so disappointing. Certainly other artist would like to produce an album this good a year away from their thirtieth anniversary in music, but considering his recent work, this album falls flat. And that is even with the Purple One bring back past collaborators Shelia E., a few members from the New Power Generation, and Wendy and Lisa (no word on if Diamond and/or Pearl will show up in a video from the album). Although Planet Earth is still better than his nineties, symbol era. The album opens and closes with Prince’s thoughts on current hop button topics including the fragile Earth on the title track and war on Resolution that aren’t good enough to convert people to his cause. And that is not because Prince is like many musicians like Sum 41 or Maroon 5 that have jumped on political bandwagon in recent years because everyone else is as Prince has made some of the best socially conscious songs like the classics Sign O the Times and Money Don’t Matter 2Night or the more recent Cinnamon Girl. It just the new songs won’t be added to that list anytime soon. Prince does some retreading on the album too. The One U Wanna C might as well have been called I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man 2 complete with the line like, “you ain’t no one night stand” but this could end up bringing down the house when performed live. What won’t though is Mr. Goodnight where he bring back half rap, half talk come on’s like Gett Off but they just aren’t as good now that Prince has gone and found religion, so no talk of Almond Joys instead he just wants to watch Chocolat. Yawn. Again, that is not to say the album is bad, it is just not Prince good. Guitar shows he can still handle the ax and will make you thank someone that Prince hasn’t found someone he loves more than his guitar yet, though still not as blistering as anything from Purple Rain, or his solo from While My Guitar Gently Weeps from the year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Somewhere Here on Earth has a cool jazzy feel to it thanks to some well placed trumpet and would be best played in a smoky club. Hopefully Planet Earth is just a test run for something classic that Prince will unveil for his thirtieth anniversary next year.

Classic Prince

If you truly love Prince, and aren't a part of the "I only like Purple Rain" fans, you can find the beauty in ANY of his albums, even the ones that weren't commercially successful. You won't have that problem with Planet Earth. This album is classic Prince, with excellent drumming, hooks, and of course, Prince's ability to make that guitar SING! Prince makes sure to cover politics, sex, religion, love, and partying! This album just solidifies why Prince should be recognized as an originator in the music industry. No one can rock it out better than him, which you'll hear on "Guitar." The title track asks parents to imagine how they would feel if their sons were carted off to a war they aren't even sure should happen. Future Baby Mama is a sexy slow jam.....I could keep going but I'll stop. Listen for yourself, and support good music, since it's sorely missing from the airwaves!


Born: June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums; he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic...
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