I’m get bored with my iTunes library weekly. Thats remarkable, because I have an extensive music collection…thousands of songs, hundreds of artists, and a variety of genres. The problem is, most of today’s music sounds the same, and I find myself thirsty for alternatives to the hum-drum Blasé blah commercial radio junk we hear everyday. Janelle Monáe’s new album “The ArchAndroid” gave me exactly what I needed.
Janelle Monáe, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, moved to NYC to study and pursue her broadway dreams at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She decided instead to focus on her music, moved to Atlanta, and was introduced to Big Boi, of the legendary rap duo OutKast. She was featured on the “Idlewild” soundtrack, and founded The Wondaland Arts Society, a group of like-minded artists in Atlanta. She’s currently signed to her own Wondaland, with distribution through Diddy’s Bad Boy Records.
The Arch Android is like a futuristic journey through space. Most of the production can be described as electro-funk (think Andre 3000 meets Lady GaGa). It’s definitely an experience to be had. Its an album that you can play straight through. My favorite tracks include “Dance or Die” (which features Monae rapping) Come Alive, Say You’ll Go and Wondaland.
The lead single, Tightrope features Big Boi…and is a definite banger. The only problem is, its not your run of the mill, radio record, so it’s not getting as many spins as would be ideal. Positive music needs our support more than ever, so make sure you purchase the ArchAndroid. Your ears will thank you.
Connect with Janelle on Twitter @janellemonae