Editors’ Notes Janelle Monáe is an optimist with purpose. On her debut, she plays an android in a dystopian future (detailed on “Locked Inside”), and endangers her existence by falling in love with a human on “Oh, Maker.” Despite a downbeat story line inspired by the German expressionist classic Metropolis, the music brims with joy. Her Wondaland production team takes cues from James Brown and Stevie Wonder, adding classical overtures and a dazzling pop sheen to romps like “Tightrope” and “Cold War.” Monáe herself is a powerhouse singer (and rapper) with a big personality to match.

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Suite II Overture
1
2:31
 
Dance or Die (feat. Saul Williams)
2
3:12
 
Faster
3
3:19
 
Locked Inside
4
4:16
 
Sir Greendown
5
2:14
 
Cold War
6
3:23
 
Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)
7
4:22
 
Neon Gumbo
8
1:37
 
Oh, Maker
9
3:46
 
Come Alive (War of the Roses)
10
3:21
 
Mushrooms & Roses
11
5:41
 
Suite III Overture
12
1:41
 
Neon Valley Street
13
4:11
 
Make the Bus (feat. Of Montreal)
14
3:18
 
Wondaland
15
3:36
 
57821 (feat. Deep Cotton)
16
3:16
 
Say You'll Go
17
6:00
 
Babopbye Ya
18
8:47
 

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