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The ArchAndroid

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Suite II Overture
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Dance or Die
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Faster
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Locked Inside
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Sir Greendown
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Cold War
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Tightrope
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Neon Gumbo
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Oh, Maker
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Come Alive [War Of The Roses]
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Mushrooms & Roses
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Suite III Overture
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Neon Valley Street
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Make The Bus
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Wondaland
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57821
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Say You'll Go
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BaBopByeYa
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Album Information
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Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 68:34

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09.02.10
There's clearly a huge heart beating under every passion-filled kilobyte of music put forth
2010 | Label: Bad Boy/Wondaland

The fact that The ArchAndroid is the first full-length album by the Atlanta-based signer Janelle Monáe makes its genre-defying sprawl and overarching vision all the more impressive. Funk and soul are front-and-center; Monáe possesses a wicked flow (which she shows off on "Dance Or Die") and a soprano that suits classic R&B tracks like "Neon Valley Street." (Her 2007 EP Metropolis: The Chase Suite contains her heart-rending cover of the optimism ode "Smile.") "Tightrope"… read more »

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SPECTACULAR

rearwindow

I am convinced that Janelle is the lovechild of David Bowie, Lauren Hill, and Ella Fitzgerald. Possibly the Beatles and James Brown as well. I bought this album four days ago and I must've listened to it at least 10 times now. Probably more. This is by far my favorite album of the last three years. I LOVE HER.

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The best thing to happen to music in years!

00F58532.

Janelle Monae is one of the most original and talented new artists today. This album along with Metropolis "the chase" will blow your mind! Janelle is an icon in the making3

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Genius

ChicagoJam

Rarely does a talent of this magnitude emerge. Wow . . . just wow!

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Amazing

wessterling

I found out about this on Sound Opinions on WBEZ in Chicago. The two hosts had rated this their #1 album of 2010. 56 years old, I've listened to music through lots of genres now and this blew me away. Every song reminds me of something else I used to listen to. Right off the bat in this I was thinking, Moody Blues- Days of Future Past and then we head into rap and funk. Sit down relax, put your best headphones on and listen all the way through, WOW!

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Remarkable

PamelaRock

If you want to impress your friends, play a couple of tracks off this album at your next party. They will want to know who it is, and where they can get it.

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Smart and strange

Rilo.Brown

Unusual, different, thought-provoking ... and if "Tightrope" doesn't make you get up and dance, check your pulse - because baby, you must be dead.

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"Grammie is in order"

Datman5946

If She does not get one for this project I'd be surprised. I am a jazz player, play drums and keys the area that she's messing around in is interesting cause I hear Pop funk,punk,rock,classical and Jazz. This is an interesting mix as well as a change of pace. It's not the same Ole 'Do Da,Do Da'.

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This is Good!

Jeddygee

There is an original vision at work here, and great music. Rarely am I finding albums I want to listen to from beginning to end. Very talented. I look forward to more from Janelle! Check out Cold War vid on 'tube.

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like a box full random stuff you love

akaidrummer

I found this album by accident and couldn't make sense of it. What is she trying to do? Surprise us into liking her music? Confuse us into wanting to listen again and again? It totally works. She doesn't just genre-hop, she genre-invents. This pop record is a piece of art that needs to be digested over a lot of listens. Ms. Monae, you've outdone yourself!

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HOLY CRAP

Petzbrooklyn

Even though this is a protest album against insanity (our generation's What's Going On?) ... with a young funky soul at the wheel. I really like roller skating to this record. My favorite track is Wondaland!

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They Say All Music Guide

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. – Andy Kellman

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