Planet Earth

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jul 24, 2007

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. Spin
    Planet Earth is a consistent, exhilarating winner from our reigning genius. [Sep 2007, p.121]
  2. A sound as sharp and renewable as anyone's in pop history.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Though we'll never get another "Purple Rain," it feels right, in a lavender drought, to settle for something at least approaching another "Parade." [27 Jul 2007, p. 64]
  4. 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.
  5. There's an elegance to it that Prince fans, no strangers to pop music that's truly sublime, won't fail to appreciate.
  6. While the album doesn't break new ground, there's plenty to like about its mix of pumping rock and old-school soul.
  7. Vibe
    A resurgent Prince unleashes his strangest yet most alluring rock project since 1988's astonishing "Lovesexy." [Sep 2007, p.137]
  8. It's unquestionably a fun record, but the pleasures are modest and superficial. The lack of ambition, surprises, and plain old weirdness means Planet Earth is conspicuously un-Prince-like where it matters most.
  9. 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.
  10. Planet Earth is one of the more varied albums Prince has done, yet all the same it's probably his most straight-forward release in a long, long while.
  11. Planet Earth is one of those albums he makes when he's trying a little harder than usual, if not hard enough to alienate his core audience, which loves him for indulging himself.
  12. Planet Earth has its moments--he is Prince, after all--but instead of muscling their way forward, most of these songs seem content to stay where they are: firmly in the middle of the pack.
  13. On the song 'Planet Earth,' but also throughout much of the album ('All the Midnights of the World,' 'Resolution'), he hits sincere, haunting notes, his voice fluctuating between his lower and higher registers like a small plane being batted around by turbulence.
  14. Somehow these songs don't beg for a repeat listen.
  15. With only the faintest hint of retracing his past successes, Prince is still on top of his game.
  16. 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').
  17. It's all right--in the dispiriting way that everything he's put out since his "Symbol" era has been all right.
  18. 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.
  19. Overall, Planet Earth is a competent collection of songs that are certainly too good to be given away free.
  20. This sounds more like a new Gnarls Barkley album than an old Prince one. A genius on autopilot is still very clever indeed.
  21. Mojo
    Prince's 26th album will be remembered more for its method of distribution--a reactionary tabloid's covermount CD--than for being tighter and more tuneful than 2004's "Musicology" and last year's "3121." [Sep 2007, p.113]
  22. Planet Earth’ll leave you feeling decidedly short-changed.
  23. What actually lies inside Prince’s twenty-somethingth album is more than disappointing; it’s thinly if grandly produced, tapped with a veneer so dumbly decades behind any sense of interesting or intriguing taste that one can’t help but sit back and swallow the benign whole, thinking all along, Who the fuck even makes music like this anymore?
  24. The rest of the album is stuff he's done before and better.
  25. Anti-war, pro-environment, religious ('Chelsea Rodgers' only gives up trim if you're baptized), and funky, Planet Earth is still merely an excuse to tour.
  26. Uncut
    A couple of sweaty, sybaritic slowjams prove that his libido hasn't waned, but his mojo undoubtedly has. [Oct 2007, p.101]
  27. 30
    If America was a self-respecting nation, there'd be a street named after him in every city. Alas, if they're based on this record, we'll find ourselves striding Vague Call to Goodness Street.
  28. Sadly, this landfill isn't biodegradable.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 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 strangeOne 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. Full Review »
  2. JamieS.
    Sep 27, 2007
    My Lord...This just STINKS!!!!! I have loved Prince through thick and thin...I own all cd's including spinoff work...but come on, this My Lord...This just STINKS!!!!! I have loved Prince through thick and thin...I own all cd's including spinoff work...but come on, this is so bad. There is not one listenable song on this. Most sound like someone in high school who has just written his first song- ala' "Lion of Judah" or "Guitar". What happened to the Purple Genius?? He ran out of ideas I guess. Full Review »
  3. GaryC
    Sep 1, 2007
    Fantastic album. Well arranged and well composed.