Planet Earth is the thirty-second studio album by American musician Prince, first released July 15, 2007 in the UK as a free covermount with The Mail on Sunday national newspaper. This was followed by the album's worldwide distribution. It features contributions from his newest protegée Bria Valente and former New Power Generation members Marva King, Sonny T, and Michael Bland, as well as Sheila E. and former Revolution members Wendy & Lisa. The album debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 96,000 in its first week. Upon its release, Planet Earth received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 65/100 from Metacritic.
Given away totally free in the UK, no other Prince album received as much media attention since Purple Rain. Planet Earth spawned a new first for the music industry, in that it was an album that supported the tour. His “Best in years!” critics claimed. Planet Earth is a typically varied Prince outing, showcasing his legendary diversity through many genres: rock, funk, rap and soul. The title track gives it the mark of quality with haunting, yet theatrical, scope. Guitar sets the pace before slowing up with Somewhere Here On Earth reassuring the listener into an album that boasts quality. Old habits die hard in The One U Wanna C which sees Prince talking his woman into bed with the proposal to “come like thunder”. Resolution (providing the cheese) and Lion of Judah form nice simple old-style harmonies that fuse both maturity and playfulness into Planet Earth. Prince retains his position as master of ballads with the Grammy winning Future Baby Mamma – superior as any in his career. Mr. Goodnight soothes where Prince provides a silky dreamy rap. The highlight of the album is Chelsea Rodgers, his funkiest in track in recent memory. Overall Planet Earth offers scope and maturity, whisking the listener on a journey of absolute quality, so rare a trait found this day and age. “So shall it be written, shall be sung” Prince is clearly showing it is 2007 which marks his prime, not 1984. Planet Earth is made the more sweeter as a freebie. User Comments