A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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").
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?