I remember getting Planet Earth, free with my newspaper, in London UK, sometime in 2007 and having a listen. What’s interesting about this album is that its an attempt to hark back to the past. The collaborations with Wendy and Lisa are evidence of that. The result sounds like an album the Revolution would have made had they stuck together for another 2 years.
Prince’s songwriting seems to also be in decline around the Planet Earth days too. The title track is interesting, but closer inspection reveals a rip off of Barry Manilow’s “Could this be magic”. The lyrics to Mr Goodnight are slightly embarrassing and the lyrics for “Resolution” could have been written by an 8 year old. It’s all a bit childish and meant to be serious..
There are good songs, for example “Future Baby Mama”, is good R&B. “Somewhere here on earth” is a massive improvement on songs like “On the couch”. “The One U Wanna C” and “Guitar” are the catchy pop material, and are oK on first listen but quickly get boring after a few listens. This is why I think the song writing is declining at this stage – the songs are not worth listening to after a few repeats, which is not the case with classics like “Lovesexy” and “Sign O the times”.
“Chelsea Rodgers” has potential as a dance/R&B song, but it’s not very well performed. And I can see what “All the Midnights in the World” is trying to be and what “Lion of Judah” is trying to be, but it doesn’t quite work.
1 out of 5
All songs written and produced by Prince.
- “Planet Earth” – 5:51
- “Guitar” – 3:45
- “Somewhere Here on Earth” – 5:45
- “The One U Wanna C” – 4:29
- “Future Baby Mama” – 4:47
- “Mr. Goodnight” – 4:26
- “All the Midnights in the World” – 2:21
- “Chelsea Rodgers” (featuring Shelby J)– 5:41
- “Lion of Judah” – 4:10
- “Resolution” – 3:40