ArchAndroid

ArchAndroid

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by Janelle Monáe
     
 

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Any misgivings about Janelle Monáe's Bad Boy deal are nullified by the briefest contact with this, an extravagant 70-minute album involving more imagination, conceptual detail, and stylistic turnabouts than most gatefold prog rock epics. Credit Bad Boy's Diddy for allowing Monáe to fully explore the singularity on display through Metropolis,See more details below

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Any misgivings about Janelle Monáe's Bad Boy deal are nullified by the briefest contact with this, an extravagant 70-minute album involving more imagination, conceptual detail, and stylistic turnabouts than most gatefold prog rock epics. Credit Bad Boy's Diddy for allowing Monáe to fully explore the singularity on display through Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, and work with her Wondaland crew on a bigger budget. The ArchAndroid not only picks up where The Chase let off, but contains both the second and third Metropolis suites in one shot with no discernible "let's make some hits now" intervention. The packaging alone -- the elaborate crown, the inspiration listed beside each song, etc. -- provides much to process. Liner notes from the vice-chancellor of the arts asylum at the Palace of the Dogs, Monáe's residence, outline the (possible) situation fleshed out in the songs. In short, Monáe was genoraped in the 28th century, sent back to the 21st century, and had her organic compounds cloned and re-purposed for the existence of ArchAndroid Cindi Mayweather, whose directive is to liberate Metropolis from a secret society of oppressors. Understanding all this stuff enhances the enjoyment of the album, but it is not required. A few tracks merely push the album along, and a gaudy Of Montreal collaboration is disruptive, but there are numerous highlights that are vastly dissimilar from one another. "Tightrope," the biggest standout, is funky soul, all locomotive percussion and lyrical prancing to match: "I tip on alligators, and little rattlesnakers/But I'm another flavor, something like a Terminator." Just beneath that is the burbling synth pop of "Wondaland," as playful and rhythmically juicy as Tom Tom Club ("So inspired, you touch my wires"); the haunted space-folk of "57821" (titled after Monáe's patient number); and the conjoined "Faster" and "Locked Inside," packing bristling energy with a new-wave bounce that morphs into a churning type of desperation worthy of Michael Jackson. Monáe might not have much appeal beyond musical theater geeks, sci-fi nerds, and those who like their genres crossed-up, but no one can deny that very few are on her creative level. She can sing, sang, and scream like hell, too.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2010
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0075678989834
catalogNumber:
512256
Rank:
16308

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Tracks

  1. Suite II Overture  - Janelle Monáe
  2. Dance or Die  - Janelle Monáe
  3. Faster  - Janelle Monáe
  4. Locked Inside  - Janelle Monáe
  5. Sir Greendown  - Janelle Monáe
  6. Cold War  - Janelle Monáe
  7. Tightrope  - Janelle Monáe
  8. Neon Gumbo  - Janelle Monáe
  9. Oh, Maker  - Janelle Monáe
  10. Come Alive (The War of The Roses)  - Janelle Monáe
  11. Mushrooms & Roses  - Janelle Monáe
  12. Suite III Overture  - Janelle Monáe
  13. Neon Valley Street  - Janelle Monáe
  14. Make The Bus  -  Deep Cotton
  15. Wondaland  - Janelle Monáe
  16. 57821  -  Deep Cotton
  17. Say You'll Go  - Janelle Monáe
  18. BabopbyeYa  - Janelle Monáe

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