I originally posted the following text back in 2010, but I’ve been listening to The ArchAndroid a lot lately and felt the need to share my thoughts on its sheer ‘epicness’ again.
Note: before one’s ears consume the wonder of “The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV)” it is essential to set aside 1 hour 9 minutes so that one can truly appreciate its entirety, from start to finish.
Never have I listened to an album and felt like I was watching a film
….until now. And yet the magic of Janelle Monáe’s debut studio album is that it is also so much like a book. Each person can experience the art and picture it however they want. They can listen to it and allow their imaginations to create their own interpretation of Metropolis.
Ms Monáe is one of the most exciting, electrifying and modern artists in the game. Period. I had very high expectations for her debut album, (after experiencing “Metropolis: The Chase”) and am very happy to say I am not the least bit disappointed. She has served up so much more than I had anticipated.
The “Overture” teases the taste buds (in the ears). I cannot tell you how inspirational it is to hear the beautiful sounds of an orchestra. It is refreshingly real.
Janelle Monáe is so organic.
There’s a purity to her voice that just soothes my soul I swear.
Faster faster I should run
Cold War. Tune.
Tightrope = a perfect blend of funk, silky smooth vocals and a catchy-ass hook that you’ll be humming for days. The end of the track is most ‘wondaful’ too. So glad this is the lead single.
Ms Monáe is about to redefine female artists. She smoothly sings in and out of numerous genres ranging from soul, rock, funk and cabaret and manages to channel various different influences from the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince, Hendrix and Bowie. Is there anything this woman can’t sing?
Neon Gumbo. It makes me feel funny. I love it. It’s something that is so me…I used to always play around on acid pro and what not, reversing vocals and trying to make interesting sounds…
…find beauty in the obscurity.
As the album draws to a close, you really feel as though you’ve been on an epic journey. The tracklisting allows this piece of work by Monáe to flow effortlessly. “Say You’ll Go” is an ethereal experience and the Debussy at the closing of the track beautifully compliments everything that has preceded it.
For the record, my first listen of “BaBopByeYa” left me speechless. I felt emotional. I guess it really is an emotion picture. I hope you all go and get a copy and enjoy it as much as I did (and will continue to do so).
This woman is a genius.