Planet Earth

 
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Funky, sexy (but not too sexy) fare.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some suggestive lyrics, including "Call Mr. Goodnight/He'll make U feel alright/make U throw your head back and holla" and "I know U ain't a concubine."

Language

Occasional use of the word "hell."

Consumerism

One of the singles from the album, "Guitar," was the basis for a cross-promotion with Verizon Wireless and was featured in a TV commercial and assorted Web-based promotions.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A reference to rehab in the song "Chelsea Rodgers" and in the song "Guitar," the following line: "Ur high enough to call me/But U can't reach the bar."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Prince's lyrics are often laced with sexual references and a steady dose of innuendo. Here, there are several mild allusions to sex (including a "one-night stand" and a "concubine") as well as multiple references to god and religion. There is also an anti-war song ("Resolution").

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What's the story?

Few artists are as legendary as Prince; however, it's difficult to top the success and style of his earlier albums. PLANET EARTH is his 24th studio album, and it's a long way from his best. Lyrically, it touches on sex, drugs, religion, and even politics. Prince is the king of sexual overtone, but these songs are actually tamer than many of his past releases. (Most of the sex talk is on \"Mr. Goodnight,\" a smooth rap professing that Mr. Goodnight -- presumably Prince himself -- will \"make U feel alright/make U throw Ur head back and holla\" and on \"The One U Wanna C,\" an upbeat throwback to his '80s hits.) A pair of anthems -- one about saving the planet; the other about the futility of war -- bookend the album, but the lyrics in both border on corny.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Relative to other Prince CDs, Planet Earth is a bit mediocre, but with its funk, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, pop, and steamy soul, even the mediocre Prince album stands miles above some of today's biggest-selling CDs. Although it isn't groundbreaking and there's no real revolution to be found, the CD is solid, standard Prince that can still stand the test of time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Prince is still considered a revolutionary recording artist decades after his most successful albums. What influence has he had on today's pop and hip-hop artists? Families can also discuss some of the questions posed on the song "Planet Earth." Fifty years from now, what will people say about how we treated -- or mistreated -- the planet?

Music details

Artist:Prince
Release date:July 24, 2007
Labels:Columbia, NPG
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byPrince_12 April 9, 2008
 

Sweet

Hottttt a few songs are boring but WOW kids are going to love this especialy Guitar

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