• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Jul 24, 2007
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 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').
  2. It's all right--in the dispiriting way that everything he's put out since his "Symbol" era has been all right.
  3. 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.
  4. Overall, Planet Earth is a competent collection of songs that are certainly too good to be given away free.
  5. This sounds more like a new Gnarls Barkley album than an old Prince one. A genius on autopilot is still very clever indeed.
  6. 60
    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]
  7. Planet Earth’ll leave you feeling decidedly short-changed.
  8. 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?
  9. The rest of the album is stuff he's done before and better.
  10. 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.
  11. 40
    A couple of sweaty, sybaritic slowjams prove that his libido hasn't waned, but his mojo undoubtedly has. [Oct 2007, p.101]
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34
  1. Oct 12, 2010
    7
    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
    1
    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
    9
    Fantastic album. Well arranged and well composed.