You know when you've experienced something so good, nothing in that category seems to matter anymore? Well this album just outright kills the competition. My god, I don't understand how an album can tempt me back for another listen from beginning to end like this one can. This album has had glittering praise from countless websites, bloggers and publications, so I don't really know how to say what hasn't already been said.
For me, this album takes you on a musical trip... Forgive the throw-away drug reference, but it really does. Ms Monae manages to conduct a colourful cacophony of everything that is right with music, but at the same time doesn't just try and opt for the 'now' sound. You can tell that she is a musical scholar and that she has studied the teachings of Bowie, Jackson, J. Brown, Carpenter and countless others and made this beautiful intrepetation of the their sounds and aesthetics. Another thing, in this day, it's so hard to find a solid-complete album, not just an artist releasing a collection of singles and fillers that don't really have any correlation with one another (Gaga, I'm looking at you). This is how a pop album, concept or otherwise, should be made.
I was thinking of breaking down each song and stating which were my favourites but that is pointless as it's THAT hard to chose, with the exception of 'Start the Bus' featuring Of Montreal, which is only really let down because Janelle seems to be slightly held back by her collaborators, but that does by no means equate to it being a bad song, just inferior to the ludicrous heights set buy the ones that surround it.
I'm caught it two minds, I like the fact that I'm one of only a handful of people that know of this album and that makes it feel all-the-more personal to me, but this girl deserves every dollar and accolade that comes her way, because afterall, this album is sickeningly good and I would even go as far as to say it's a classic.