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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. Oct 12, 2010
    One of Prince's better 'new' albums, Planet Earth is probably worth more than a free hand out in the Daily Mail. Apart from its strange release idea it has some decent highlights. 'Guitar' is a good song if pushed a little too much as a single and 'Chelsea Rogers' is some damn good soul. There are some fillers as well, a grainy slow jazz number which name eludes me now. The title track is nice and epic but lacks a true Prince vibe. One thing we learn from the album is that Prince is at his best when he is doing his own thing. Expand

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