Boo. I’m really pissed off about this whole new Prince (err, excuse me, the artist formerly known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince) album. I was really excited about Planet Earth… until I heard it. Then I wanted to cry tears of blood.
This isn’t Prince! I love Prince. I would crawl across rusty thumbtacks—naked, with a third degree sunburn—just to be near his purple, velvety, platform booted glory! I love Prince so much that when he preformed at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, I degraded myself to “That drunk chick who slipped past security and hopped onstage to freak Prince” status.
Yes. I really freaked Prince. No, he did not respond. But he has great skin and we wear the same sized shoe. It could be perfect.
I think the problem I’m having here is that it seems like Prince is evolving into something non-Prince-like. I think I’ll blame it on his whole conversion into the wonderful world of Jehovah’s Witness land. Since giving up holidays, obsessing over some magical “chosen” number and knocking on doors in a tie, Prince has gone down hill.
Frankly, Planet Earth makes me want to dance like an old white guy.
The problem, folks, is that Prince has a message… and it sure ain’t about pussy control. Not to get sidetracked, but “Pussy Control”—that is a great 100 percent Prince song. Here’s a quick comparison of how Prince’s message has changed, and not for the better:
• Message behind Planet Earth Track 01: Save the earth, save the dolphins, save the whales and those adorable little seals being slaughtered in Canada.
• Message behind “Pussy Control”: Pussy=Power. Prince>Pussy.
So simple, so pure, so Prince.
If you pick up Planet Earth expecting to get your freak on to some classic Prince sounds, you will be very disappointed. If you pick it up with an open heart and mind, you may be able to appreciate the new, holier-than-thou musician that he has become. I mean, he’s still Prince, he’s still a musical genius and he’s got great hair, but…
I guess I’m not ready to let go of the ‘80s… or Christmas and my birthday. I hope that before his next album, Prince falls off the J-dub wagon and converts back to Hedonism. I’ll Amen to that. MTW