Metropolis: The Chase Suite [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Janelle Monáe's uniqueness was not apparent from the beginning, as heard on Big Boi's second Got Purp compilation. The neo-electro remake of DeBarge's "Time Will Reveal" and the Off the Wall-emulating pop-funk of "Lettin' Go" were standouts -- even amidst nuggets like Konkrete's "Shit Ya Drawers," believe it or not -- but Monáe seemed destined to be one of those artists who appears on a glorified mixtape and either disappears or makes one under-promoted album prior to fleeing the industry. Even after spotlights on OutKast's Idlewild, it could not have been known to many outside Monáe's Atlanta circle that she was much more in line with Nona Hendryx and Afrofuturism than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Janelle Monáe's uniqueness was not apparent from the beginning, as heard on Big Boi's second Got Purp compilation. The neo-electro remake of DeBarge's "Time Will Reveal" and the Off the Wall-emulating pop-funk of "Lettin' Go" were standouts -- even amidst nuggets like Konkrete's "Shit Ya Drawers," believe it or not -- but Monáe seemed destined to be one of those artists who appears on a glorified mixtape and either disappears or makes one under-promoted album prior to fleeing the industry. Even after spotlights on OutKast's Idlewild, it could not have been known to many outside Monáe's Atlanta circle that she was much more in line with Nona Hendryx and Afrofuturism than Ciara and 106 & Park. She probably has more time for Octavia Butler than Perez Hilton. Inspired by Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction classic, Metropolis, Suite 1: The Chase is the first of four planned releases designed as easily processible EPs detailing the life of a rebellious soul-equipped android who risks disassembly by falling in love with a human. Strip away the concept, the packaging, and the equally entertaining and deep lyrics dealing in class
ace, slavery, isolation, and love -- all of that material, as crucial as it is to the whole -- and there remains a handful of magnetic songs transferred through theatrical soul, 21st century new wave, ice-coated opera, and brassy hip-hop funk. The disc's center is made of "Violet Stars Happy Hunting!!!" and "Many Moons," conjoined songs that trump anything on the André 3000 half of OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. "Sincerely, Jane" is dressed up in all the fantastical instrumentation of an otherworldly Broadway production but is as grounded in grim realism as Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" or 2Pac's "Brenda's Got a Baby," and like those two songs, it is fueled by despair rather than self-righteousness. Monáe's voice is knockout level throughout, likely versatile enough to handle any style with effortlessly expressive ease. [The "Special Edition," released by Bad Boy nearly a year after the original independent version, adds two bonus tracks. "Mr. President," a protest song, has a relaxed Hi Records throwback arrangement and a neo-Ernie Isley guitar flame-out; "Smile" is a skeletal, gently uplifting ballad.]
Vibe
Monae's Metropolis is poised to bring an eclectic, urbane feel to today's R&B.
Billboard
On her debut album, a dizzying amalgamation of hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R&B and electro, she proves her sound is just as eccentric as her garb.
Interview
A soulful, sassy, sci-fi themed debut that busts genres -- not to mention stereotypes.

On her debut album, a dizzying amalgamation of hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R&B and electro, she proves her sound is just as eccentric as her garb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • UPC: 075678993282
  • Catalog Number: 511234
  • Sales rank: 26,386

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janelle Monáe Primary Artist, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, cowbell, Soloist, Voiceover, Wails
Terrence Brown Piano, Strings
Cutmaster Swift Turntables
Chuck Lightning Vocals
Nate "Rocket" Wonder Vocals
Control_z Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Harpsichord, Vocals, Human Whistle, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, fender rhodes, Tubular Bells, Hammond B3
Kellis Jr. Parker Guitar, Soloist
Jaspects Horn Section Trumpet, Horn, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wondaland String Ensemble Strings, Violin, Cello, Viola
The Skunks Vocals
Wondaland Woodwinds Clarinet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Oboe
Droid Control Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Geoff Parsons Composer
Diddy Executive Producer
Terrence Brown Programming
Janelle Monáe Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Concept, Audio Production, Creation
Chuck Lightning Composer, Producer, Concept, Story, Audio Production, Creation
Nate "Rocket" Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, Concept, Audio Production, Creation
Ben Rose Concept, Creation
Wolfmaster Z Composer
Wolfmaster Lightning Composer
Delvin Stanklin Concept, Creation
Chris Stanford Concept, Creation
George "Rico" Rodriguez Concept, Creation
Donna Permell Concept, Creation
Antwan "Big Boi" Patton Executive Producer
Kellis Jr. Parker Arranger, Composer
Kellindo Parker Concept, Creation
Emily "Widget" Parker Concept, Creation
Lord Mitchell A. "MitchOW!ski" Martian Mastering, Concept, Creation
Provi Fulp Concept, Creation
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