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  • Summary: Prince returns with his 24th studio album--but not without a bit of controversy.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 90
    Planet Earth is a consistent, exhilarating winner from our reigning genius. [Sep 2007, p.121]
  2. Planet Earth marks a slight improvement on that one ["3121"], which is progress of a sort, but incremental advances like this almost guarantee that the marketing hoo-hah will get more attention anyway.
  3. There's an elegance to it that Prince fans, no strangers to pop music that's truly sublime, won't fail to appreciate.
  4. With only the faintest hint of retracing his past successes, Prince is still on top of his game.
  5. Across Planet Earth’s brisk and varied 10 tracks, he is once again doing it pretty well, from cocky rock strut ('Guitar') to Chic-style, pumped-up funk ('Chelsea Rodgers') and knicker-loosening R&B beats ('Future Baby Mama').
  6. While all three albums ["Musicology," "3121," and "Planet Earth"], at their best, contain precisely the sort of seasoned professionalism you wouldn't ever cite as an actual compliment, there remains a nostalgic pull that's no less electric for being completely anesthetized and overly rehearsed.
  7. Sadly, this landfill isn't biodegradable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. CharlieB.
    Aug 29, 2007
    10
    I Love the album..."Chelsea Rogers" is my favorite..Come On Chelsea!!!....
  2. RobertJ
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    A wonderfully diverse collection. Prince gives relief to those who are tired of hip-hop divas who sample all of their music. And gives a A wonderfully diverse collection. Prince gives relief to those who are tired of hip-hop divas who sample all of their music. And gives a message unlike all popular music Expand
  3. GaryC
    Sep 1, 2007
    9
    Fantastic album. Well arranged and well composed.
  4. ChristopherS
    Jul 26, 2007
    8
    The most consistent Prince album since the massively underrated The Rainbow Children, and then Come and Diamonds and Pearls. Stylistically The most consistent Prince album since the massively underrated The Rainbow Children, and then Come and Diamonds and Pearls. Stylistically more like his 80's efforts, not using the strong electronics that have featured on a number of his later 90's albums, sometimes very effectively, nor the extended funk jam sessions that filled out some of his The Artist Formally Known As period. Close to his best, though possibly lacking the one showstopping track, like Kiss, Sign of the Times, etc. But there are still many great moments, and no dud tracks. Expand
  5. ScottL
    Aug 2, 2007
    7
    Not his best, for sure, but has the 'vibe' of his 80's stuff. This one grows on you, if you let it--the sign of a GOOD Prince Not his best, for sure, but has the 'vibe' of his 80's stuff. This one grows on you, if you let it--the sign of a GOOD Prince album (for a change). Hate the JW references, but he's always been spiritual and it's kept to a minimum on this one. Expand
  6. richardj
    Aug 1, 2007
    3
    To be honest it had to be given away in the UK and for a reason, this is one of Princes worse albums ever....boring, awful lyrics and tame he To be honest it had to be given away in the UK and for a reason, this is one of Princes worse albums ever....boring, awful lyrics and tame he has done so much better...really I don't want to be negative about Prince as he is a genius like MIchael Jackson but Prince hasn't done a album in greatness since "Sign of the times" , infact i find this music and the last three albums since he got his name back..dare i say it Souless. he is also like a James Brown cover band...Prince you need to do better then this, as even people who love your music will stop buying it, the last three i didn't bother with, and i was given them but rejected them after listening to them...You need to get people to hear the albums before you release them so that you do annoy listenrs ears.... Expand
  7. JustinB
    Jul 24, 2007
    0
    This album is woeful and a classic example of an artist ripping people off in just the same way as U2 did when they started releasing tripe a This album is woeful and a classic example of an artist ripping people off in just the same way as U2 did when they started releasing tripe a few years ago. Having read some of the other reviewers commenrts I can only assume I have purchased a 'worst of the X factor contestants' by mistake. On the other hand if what I have is the genuine Prince I can only thank god that I did not buy either of his previous two albums if as some of your reveiwers state this latest offer is better than those. Expand

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