Release Date: Jul 24, 2007
Record label: Sony
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Comeback accomplished, Prince now settles into a groove with 2007's Planet Earth, his 26th studio album and successor to the two deliberate comebacks, Musicology and 3121. Those two albums were designed to storm the top of the charts but, more importantly, they were made with the intention of making Prince prominent again -- a gambit that worked since Prince worked hard, stealing the show at both the Superbowl and the American Idol fifth-season finale and turning into an in-demand concert ticket once again. Both records were recorded with the expectations of making a splash, and 3121 even made some overtures toward modern music, most noticeably in the sleek electro workout of "Black Sweat," which suggested that Prince had heard the Neptunes, even if he didn't pay them much mind.
Review Summary: Prince's 24th studio album is a varied and eclectic release that spans most of the styles he's known for, but does so in a more blatant attempt to show his versatility rather than the seamless approach fans are used to.Prince is obviously no stranger to controversy. Throughout his career, there's been an odd mystique surrounding The Artist (pun intended). Whether it's the assless jeans, the Kevin Smith documentary, the symbol, the whole Jehovah's Witness thing or, I don't know, his music, Prince can pretty much always make sure he's the talk of the town.Planet Earth is really no different.