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Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)(LP w/Bonus Disc) [Vinyl] [Special Edition]

Janelle MonáeVinyl
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She’s been called “a different kind of diva” by Vogue Magazine and “a true visionary… one of the most important signings of my career” by Sean “Diddy” Combs. For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monáe, however, the impetus remains the same as it’s been since before her Grammy-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: ... Read more in Amazon's Janelle MonŠe Store

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  • Vinyl (August 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Janelle Monáe is nothing short of a musical breath of fresh air,
combining the very best of R&B, funk, hip hop, and rock into
a sound all her own. She has already attracted support from
industry superstars from Missy Elliot to Outkast' s Big Boi and
Andre 3000. She has become a press darling, earning acclaim
from Vibe to Interview Magazine. And now with her major-label
debut, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, executive-produced by
Big Boi, Janelle is poised to bring her music to the masses.
Janelle' s unique sound was honed and crafted by her creative
collective, Wondaland Arts Society, who Diddy calls an incredible
group of people not just producers, they' re idealists...
definitely the future of music. And that future is now.
Introducing....Janelle Monáe.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Flash back to the summer of 2006. I'm lazily sitting on my couch watching music videos as the day passes me by. All of a sudden, the new video for Outkast's "Morris Brown" came on. There were talking walls, moving pictures in frames, walking television sets, ferris wheels, flowers and a sun with real faces, a marching band popping out of the hood of a car, and a bright pink bulldog... yet, for some reason, I simply could not seem to take my eyes off this one woman. Even before I found out anything about her, I was captivated with her exotic look, her charisma, pure star power, and energy. I thought to myself, 'this woman is just too spirited to be one of those average video girls.' A year or so later, I found out about Janelle Monae and realized that she was the woman. Instantly, I knew I had to buy this album.

Janelle Monae is unlike anybody else in the business. (Diddy was smart to sign her to Bad Boy. Let's just hope he handles her correctly). Her background in performing arts is clear and she never fails to entertain; even her thank you's gave me a few chuckles. Her voice is unbelievably strong; she could be an opera singer or on Broadway if she wanted to. Her style is fresh and unique. Picture Prince, Outkast, and Gnarls Barkley having a jam session on planet Mars. She uses a live band, which gives her material that much more energy. Her songwriting is out of this world. Literally. She is one of the absolute most exciting new artists I have seen in a long time and she has a promising future ahead of her. This debut EP is a great way to start a career.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Martian August 14, 2008
What do you get when you take an ounce of Grace Jones, two ounces of Lauryn Hill, a pinch of Hooverphonic, a splash of Madonna and a twist of Outkast -- all shaken (not stirred) in a vintage cocktail shaker from, say...1927?

Well, you might get something as utterly intoxicating as singer Janelle Monae.

And perhaps 'cocktail' is the best way to try describing the new music from this way-out-of-the-ordinary R&B, Soul, Funk, Futuristic Rock & Roll singer from an orbit high over greater Kanas City. Her musical mishmash, however, is much more the molotov cocktail type than the cosmopolitan kind.

Monae's EP release, Metropolis: the Chase Suite, explodes from speakers as a fully formed supreme being of arts & leisure. This 'fifth element' of a production is fun, funky, futuristic and smarter than the Hal 9000 super computer in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the opening verse of track two on the EP ("Violet Stars Happy Hunting!"), Monae playfully describes herself as "an alien from outer space." And immediately after it becomes clear that she is light years from being your average, everday R&B singer. Thank you, God-father.

For me, the alien description also calls to mind the stereotypical line once commonly heard in old sci-fi flicks and cartoons whenever an alien had established 'first contact' with a human. You know that line which was often issued at the point of a ray gun: "Take me to your leader."

To Ms. Monae I'd say in reply: "Right this way, pretty lady. You and President Kanye will have much to discuss."

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to Be Overlooked! August 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I personally know little about her sans a "You Hear It First" feature on MTV back in early Spring. But upon listening to her music I was definitely thrown off as to why Diddy, a man who frankly is no longer relevant on the music scene anymore, would waste such an innovative artist such as Janelle Monae's time. I long to see what the outcome will be, but the fact still remains that she is a new and fresh face breaking the mold of the usual and sometimes saturated pool of Black female R&B and Pop artists.

I've read comparisons to her sound as being that of Outkast, Gnarls Barkley, etc. but upon first listen this particular 'suite' put me in the mind of Kelis and Joi when they first debuted, from the lyrical content to the whole [outer] space concept. Not ever to say that Janelle is a cheap knock-off because she holds her own on this EP, but if you were/are a fan of those two ladies then she will definitely not disappoint you. Every track stands out; she covers all gamuts of life from social issues ('Mr. President', 'Many Moons') to love (her remake of 'Smile') with infectious, psychodelic beats and soothing harmonies.

I think the overall consensus is that the CD is worthy of more than just 7 tracks, but this is just an appetizer, a little taste because I guarantee the best is yet to come from this very bold and talented artist!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, 5 songs - but leaves you wanting more August 22, 2008
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Janelle is a talent which deserves both your ears and your eyes.

I could do without the interludes and maybe the whole futuristic concept is unnecessary (but fun anyway) - but at the heart is her songwriting and voice and it's far superb than so much of the blase R&B out there. She's got a nice live band sound - with real instruments.

Sincerely, Jane is an inredible song. Even more incredible live!

She's fun. She's real. She's talented. She has a unique niche too.

This EP definitely leaves me wanting more.

(but why the 'special edition' tag???)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginings of Genius
Nate, Charles, and the incredible Janelle didn't hit every song on this CD out of the park. But to paraphrase Meatloaf, "5 out of 7" ain't bad. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Craig S Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Introduction to Miss Janelle Monae
The ONLY thing i dislike about this album is when it ends! I feel like this album is a great lead-in into the world of Miss Janelle Monae and her story of Cindi Mayweather. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great EP
Got use to seeing this on amazon so I gave it a listen,man this EP is banging.It's not better then Call Me Crazy from 7evyn but it's still hard. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music.
Very good music! She look good and sings good different from most lady singers. I have her first album and I love it.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Where It Bigns
Do yourself a favor and see Fritz Lang's classic movie, then listen to the album. Or do it the other way around. The tie-in is unmistakeable and very well conceived. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mitchell Small
5.0 out of 5 stars An innovative artist, ahead of her time.
Finally, a singer with the talent of a musician. Anyone can duplicate a tune. Janelle Monae goes beyond this by using her voice as an instrument. Read more
Published 6 months ago by KMc
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album.
The only negative I can think of about this album is that it's only an EP. What a marvelous talent she has.
Published 6 months ago by Mike Prato
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blueprint For the Android World
I love me some Janelle Monae! And this first piece definitely delivers! Although I'm not a fan of everything on here (who is really a fan of everything an artist does? Read more
Published 7 months ago by MystiqueEtoile
3.0 out of 5 stars Only because I purchased two albums at the same time.
I think after purchasing her Electric Lady album at the same time, I am giving this a three star rating. Still love this album tho.
Published 7 months ago by Patrice
5.0 out of 5 stars Janelle Monae Day
Love her music and style. She is so unique and differentiates herself so much from the rest of the industry.
Published 8 months ago by StriklySoul
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