Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
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Based on 29 reviews
2010 Ratings: #5 / 869
Year End Rank: #7
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Based on 602 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.

Slant Magazine

She's turned out a landmark debut that contains a full LP's worth of excellent songs and almost no bad ones, and she's done it entirely on her own highly idiosyncratic terms. And where her ambition just barely gets the better of her abilities, she puts on such a relentlessly entertaining show that you can certainly understand why she thought she could pull the whole thing off.

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Jokes aside, this is really an excellent album, it’s full of character and energy that it makes it a really entertaining experience. This album blends pop, funk, and soul so well together, as we see some poppy songs (Tightrope, Wondaland) and then see more funkier songs, ( Mushrooms & Roses, Neon Valley Street). This album has to be one of the most cinematic albums I’ve heard along with Good Kid, m.A.A.d City and The Wall, I’m ... read more
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.
After almost a year of me using this website, whether it's to find new music or to address my opinion on it, I've finally rated all the albums that I think are well deserved, undisputable big fat 100's. Most of them aren't reviewed yet, so I'll just try to get my thoughts out there once at a time.

And I'll begin with what's really one of my favourite blends of pop, R&B and funk of the past decade, a period where R&B was taking in my opinion a direction as poisonous as trap rap, as ... read more
Amazing songwriting backs up an amazing concept.
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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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