Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Ratings: #5 / 879
Year End Rank: #7
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Based on 751 ratings
2010 Ratings: #7
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May 18, 2010 / Release Date
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Atlantic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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.

90
musicOMH

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.

90
PopMatters

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.

85
Pitchfork

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

80
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.

KIDWITHGUNs
100
☆☆☆☆☆

Monáe, Monáe... where have you been all my life?

"The ArchAndroid", is the kind of record that puts the American singer about a million steps ahead of her competition. You can argue that... as far as contemporaries go, by far she has the superior level of artistry under her belt. And when it comes to her discussions of political and social drawbacks, her approach has turned out to be far more prevalent and descriptive compared to the rest... she truly ... read more
ACreativeName
90
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RakkSmells
100
The ArchAndroid is an album I can safely say should be put in cinemas.

I have not listened to much of Janelle Monae's music, and I've been meaning to. I really like Django Jane, but that was the last thing I was expecting stepping into this album. Based on the cover art alone, I knew I'd be in for something of a cinematic quality. I've heard this twice now, and both times I came to the same conclusion, that this is easily one of the most cinematic and intricately made albums I've ever heard. ... read more
Maqtheus
100
Em uma estreia magnífica, Janelle Monáe é apresentada ao mundo da maneira mais impressionante e criativa o possível - através do suprassumo artístico chamado: 'The ArchAndroid (Suítes II and III)', no qual é basicamente a segunda e terceira parte de um conceito criado com base na histórica obra cinematográfica 'Metropolis' de 1927 - que na versão de Monáe, narra os passos de Cindi Mayweather, uma android ... read more
_zeltrxn17
100
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
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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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