AOTY 2018
Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Ratings: #6 / 850
Year End Rank: #7
User Score
Based on 337 ratings
2010 Ratings: #7
May 18, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Label
R&B, Art Pop / Genres
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Drowned in Sound

It may not seem restrained, but trust when I say that nothing less than a dissertation or thesis will suffice for such a mind-bogglingly massive album.


One can but marvel at the impressive range, ambition (realised) and detail of this deeply polished, professional yet utterly, brilliantly bonkers album. An album destined, surely, to take its place among the classics of its age.


Suite II boasts a range of moods and musical styles that could be released on its own. Suite III, while maintaining the quality of the other Suites, wouldn’t be my choice for a standalone release—largely because it’s really strange.


Where many concept albums run a high risk of being pompous, cryptic, and self-important, Monáe keeps things playful, lively, and accessible.

Amazing songwriting backs up an amazing concept.
Janele Monae takes a huge risk on her 2010 LP "The ArchAndroid" with a thoughtful and stunning concept. There is a mix with some many genres mashed into this enormous record such as psychedelic soul/rock, rnb, funk, art-pop, jazz and more. This is perhaps one of or if not the best rnb/soul records to come out this decade only and i wouldn't disagree to anyone if they said this was a classic.
felt like i watched a movie
Gigantic and powerful, that the two words that come in my mind after Archandroid.
Through an extremely developed and futuristic concept, Janelle Monae released one of the first incredible albums of this decade in her 2nd commercial release. Her funky production and silky, comforting voice make for a brilliant take on neo-soul, and inspired many artists after her to use these styles. She also adds in touches of hip hop, jazz, and some assembled choirs to blur the lines between distinct genres and make something that Monae can call her own.

fav tracks: Locked Inside, Cold ... read more
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Track List

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

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