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The Archandroid [CD]

Janelle Monáe Audio CD
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She’s been called “a different kind of diva” by Vogue Magazine and “a true visionary… one of the most important signings of my career” by Sean “Diddy” Combs. For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monáe, however, the impetus remains the same as it’s been since before her Grammy-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: ... Read more in Amazon's Janelle MonŠe Store

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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B002ZFQD0E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Janelle Monáe has long been the toast of certain figures in the music industry. Her 2007 EP The Metropolis Suite bagged the Kansas-born singer a Grammy nomination, while Big Boi and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs are vocal fans; the former inviting her to guest on his albums and the latter declaring her "one of the most important signings of my career." Her stop by The David Letterman Show (watch on YouTube) was perhaps the single most exhilarating breakout performance in recent history, and guests on her debut album include said member of OutKast, hip-hop poet Saul Williams and even indie wunderkinds of Montreal. The result is a dizzying fusion, marked by its lofty ambition and stunning central performance.

The ArchAndroid continues the saga Monáe originated on her Fritz Lang-influenced previous release, wherein her alter-ego Cindy Mayweather comes to terms with her messianic status as the 'ArchAndroid' of the record's title. Set in a far-flung dystopian future and talked up by its creator as less an album, more an "emotion picture", it certainly comes off a little... highfaluting, at first blush. Yet the kind of hubris Monáe exemplifies ("this album is for the people," she notes) is inseparable from her work; what's more, it is pretty much justified. Suppression may be the key theme explored, but the whole affair is so stylistically diverse and outright enjoyable that any notions of posturing quickly become redundant.

Monáe and her Wondaland collective span styles and epochs seamlessly over these 18 tracks, touching on everything from fantasia strings to psychedelic trad-folk, cabaret jazz to traditional R'n'B... heck, even goth and Eurotrance get a look in, on the shtick-y Come Alive and megawatt Cold War, respectively. In hands any less talented than these the outcome might prove interesting, but here it is positively intoxicating; Monáe is just as comfortable throwing diva-like shapes over BaBopByeYa as she is trading lines with Kevin Barnes in Make the Bus or channelling James Brown on the irresistible Tightrope.

Across the breadth of the record songs and icons are recalled and reinvented, flickering like ghosts you recognise but can't quite place; Monáe's skill is to fashion them into something bordering indefinable. She is an easy, natural star, and The ArchAndroid is a kaleidoscopic, breathless run through the genres and eras that have inspired her.

--James Skinner

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This whole album is the equivalent of a vast and sprawling musical jukebox. Newcomer Atlanta based Janelle Monae is the antidote to those of you who are thinking of giving up on Prince. True the squiggly purple one may have a great album left in him but how long must we wait for him to release it? Archandroid displays the sort of ambition which was once common place from truly BIG STARS. You know the type, those whose ambition created ego's which barely fitted in a small stadium but whose talent was equally humongous and left you standing gawping like the wide mouth frog at the sheer audacity of it all. "Archandroid" is an album packed chock full of songs all of which could be Number 1 over seven continents and has so much verve Richard Ashcroft should hand his band name back and be thankful that he was able to borrow it for a while. We even have an alter ego at play in this album namely Cindi Mayweather who is "an alien/messiah from outerspace in year 2719 and on the run from cyborgs after falling for a mere human". Yes of course its utter silliness and completely preposterous but who gives a damn when the music is this good. Thus the album starts off with a sci fi orchestrated piece entitled Suite 11 Overture as you do in any good concept album and then explodes into the huge Grace Jones style dance workout "Dance or die feat Saul Williams.

"Violent stars happy hunting" from Monae's previous EP "Metropolis" is the best song Outkast never recorded and here again Big Boi from the Atlanta funsters is all over this album like a rash. Check out for example "Tightrope" which might just stir the hardest working man in show business from his grave, and you can almost hear a groan of self satisfaction from James Brown as the horns come in and this retro funk monster rolls out.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 17 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
I only approached this album after reading the very positive reviews on Any Decent Music? & I'm not someone who would usually like an artist with roots in R&B/Hip-hop, (I like classic rock albums) but Janelle Monae's stunning voice combined with her musical creativity and quirkiness all add up to a totally refreshing pop album which puts the likes of Lady Gaga and similar 'style over substance' poseurs to shame.

Admittedly for the un-initiated, the unusual move of classical leading into rap on "Dance or Die" might make you wondering what you've got yourself into. By the time you get to "Locked Inside", which smacks of MJ's Off The Wall, you'll be totally sucked into the rhythm. It's not all catchy beats though, there's sixties style ballads (Sir Greenhorn) Folk (57821) Funk (Tightrope) Rock (Come Alive) and just plain weirdness, (Neon Gumbo, Make The Bus). Each new track takes you in an unexpected direction, keeping even the lengthy 18 track disc feeling fresh all the way through. Repeated listens just add to the enjoyment, and you'll find yourself appreciating the uniqueness of each track.

Keeping this all together is the richly textured and varied voice of Monae, sometimes soulful, sometimes powerful, sometimes screeching like a rock chick, and at one point hilariously parodying her squeaky voiced pop contemporaries in the song "Wondaland"

If I was to garner one criticism it's that Monae is sometimes too eager to take a backseat for her support acts. No more obvious is this than on "Make The Bus," a song which has all the correct musical elements to work, but you keep waiting for Janelle to snatch the microphone out of Of Montreal's hands and take control, but it never comes.

Truly refreshing from start to finish, The Archandroid is the perfect antidote for those music lovers disillusioned with the modern pop charts. For those who aren't, it's time to find out what you've been missing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh So Blasted Brilliant!! 23 July 2011
By Ali
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When I first heard this CD last year, my 17 year old son came bursting into the house saying I need to listen to this, I'd heard Violet Stars Happy Hunting and thought it was good...interesting, and looked forward to what she would do next. My son played the CD and within 34 seconds, I thought it was daringly fantastic, by 1.10 minutes I felt as though I'd been transported into a deeply wonderful place, by 1.38 I could barely contain the anticipation as to what would happen next. As it happened I wasn't working that day and had it play until I went to bed (continual play 12 hours), I haven't done that for a long time with any artist, yeh certain genres of music I'll play all day but not for a long time and not generally from the same Album.

The first track you think is it going to be like this then all the way through but it transcends into many different colours and shades of beauty until the very last song. There is one track I hate Make the Bus (alright I don't hate it but just don't feel it the same as the others) but it doesn't matter as the Album over all is So So Good, it's incredible really that this beautiful talented young woman can come up with so many different musical styles within one package. If you're open to all types of music then you will love this. I'm a huge P-Funk fan, RnB, 60's, 70's Brazilian, Cuban, World, Rock, Folk, NERD, Jazz, etc... Fan, I can also appreciate some of the music out currently, but nothing since I bought Songs in the Key of Life, and The Landing of the Mothership Albums out of my own pocket money have impacted on me in this way.

When we listen to it at home it is one of the very few Albums that the whole family can have on with no disagreement, all of us are musical types so appreciators of good music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant album
I saw Janelle Monae on the telly at Glastonbury and was moved to try out her album. It's a great album - just a clever mixture of styles and sounds. Read more
Published 7 days ago by John Dush
5.0 out of 5 stars The Archandroid
This is great - Janelle Monae is quirky and eclectic but sounds amazing. I adore the cyberpunk edge to the music and this is defintely worth checking out.
Published 2 months ago by Kitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen
A well rounded and produced cd. Great voice with a combination of old and new music styles. The northern soul style is fab!
Published 2 months ago by MRS RUTH INGER
5.0 out of 5 stars yes
tightrope is brilliant. some of the rest doesn't sit so well with that track and the inside cover images are a little off the wall and don't really jel with the video but that's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Nicholas M. Herbert
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk
What are the reviewers thinking. Played this twice, the second time was worse than the first ! It was culled and in the charity bag.
Published 4 months ago by adrian donnelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun!
I admit I missed Janelle in 2010 but when I heard Electric Lady a few months ago I was completely blown away and I immediately checked out her back catalogue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Auto
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just... wow!
The other reviewers are right, this is an astonishingly good album. Beautifully crafted songs in diverse styles, performed to near-perfection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Archandroiding The Future
Janelle is a precocious talent if there ever was one. This is what we're looking for in the new music of today - imagination, creativity, inspiration, and guts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this?
Came across this only after hearing her new stuff and making up for lost time by listening repeatedly. Great album.
Published 6 months ago by Hoggins
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Very nice with lovely voice, love the variety of it. I will buy more music of this talented artist .anjoy her music a lot.
Published 7 months ago by grazia
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