19 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes

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.

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

AndrewVS ,

Genuine innovation and accessibility with zero compromise.

If you consider yourself a fan of music, buy this album. If you are losing hope in the world outside your window -- feeling insane as if you are the only individual left under the sun -- buy this album. This album speaks volumes musically, lyrically, instrumentally and spiritually. Monae pleads us to join her in a state of Nirvana on "Say You'll Go", but the thing is the listener already finds themselves there as soon as the album begins. When is the last time you honestly heard an album that sounds more cinematic than the majority of movies currently in theaters? Janelle Monae is an artist. By buying this, you are not only supporting an artist, you are supporting a movement. Great music exists -- so let's make it popular. Start a revolution, because this is a Cold War and hardly anyone knows just what exactly they should be fighting for. There is a subtle oppression -- there is a lack of free thought and individuality. Love is not a fantasy and Janelle Monae conveys this with all her heart. Please, please please support the progression of culture and buy this album.

/-\Alex/-\ ,

Lady Gaga is JUST a LADY...

...and she'll never compare to a QUEEN like Janelle. This album is a return to popular music with a soul.

And, to think: She didn't even have to take her clothes off for attention.

TRUE TALENT RIGHT HERE.

RavenGindar ,

Album of the year

Janelle needs to prepare her grammy album of year acceptance speech....this album is the truth!

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