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The ArchAndroid

Janelle MonáeAudio CD
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listen  7. Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) 4:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Come Alive (War Of The Roses) 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Make The Bus (feat. Of Montreal) 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen18. BaBopByeYa 8:47$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B002ZFQD0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monáe has announced the release of her eagerly awaited debut album.
'The ArchAndroid' is an 'EMOTION PICTURE' brought to you by Janelle Monáe and the Mad Minds of the
Wondaland Arts Society. The star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.
The album was recorded at Wondaland Studios in Atlanta, but written all over the world, including but not limited to Moscow, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and the Palace of the Dogs. 'The ArchAndroid' was inspired not only by the energy of these places, but by such revolutionary musicians and artistic visionaries as Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, OutKast, Stevie Wonder, Octavia Butler, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, and John Williams. The album was Executive
Produced by Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe, and Sean 'Diddy' Combs, with
Co-Executive Production from
Big Boi of OutKast.

-Whether or not the following information came from Ryan Wakeman, WARPA, the Gaiming community or Janelle Monáe's journals, Max Stellings and the Palace of the Dogs Archives is inconclusive at this time...What is known or agreed upon is that this information stems from an official entry on The ArchAndroid Crown in the Living Cyktionary, a 28th Century encyclopedia...

The ArchAndroid Crown: Designed by Zoman Ignatius, the half-elf, half-human mystic, reportedly 500 years ago. According to legend, the crown has several magic properties, as well as innovative technologies that can be employed only by The ArchAndroid. Zoman was a consummate inventor, artist and sculptor, a cross between Tesla and Da Vinci, and as such, he designed the crown to be a work of beauty that would embody the very spirit of Metropolis. According to legend, the crown features prominent Metropolis buildings and towers that will light up radiantly when the one and only true ArchAndroid wears the crown. According to the Daily Horos, this opulent headdress was stolen from the vaults in the Black House, reportedly by 1954, in October of 2715. Several members of 1954 were hunted down and executed for this crime. But the crown was never found. Many claim it has been secreted away to the Wonderground. There is also word that in the year 2010, several 1954 operatives have crafted a replica of this historic headdress to be worn by Janelle Monáe in anticipation for her album The ArchAndroid…no word on whether or not this replica has magic properties… The Living Cyktionary, 9th Edition, 2719

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121 of 127 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The ArchAndroid is the long awaited debut album follow-up to singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe`s 2007 debut EP, Metropolis Suite I of IV: The Chase. And it was worth the wait. The music is more complex, the production is fuller, the theatrics even bigger. In short, it is one hell of a debut album.

Janelle Monáe has come up with a robotic alter ego named Cyndi Mayweather, and the Metropolis Suites are her story through an oppressive world in which she discovers she is a Messiah-like figure in hopes to free her people. Her EP first introduced the character with Suite I and her plight, and ArchAndroid is the more personal continuation with Suites II and III. I just hope we won't have to wait three more years for Suite IV.

To say that ArchAndroid is a good achievement as a debut album is a huge understatement as it is an amazing achievement. Written on paper, this CD shouldn't work, as it just sounds way too ambitious. From the conceptual plot to the multitude of genres (psychobilly, glam, hip-hop, jazz, funk, afro-beat, and film music to name a few) to the numerous big named guest artists, it feels like a mess and just too big for one person, but if her EP proved anything it proved one thing, she IS that ambitious and has the guts to attempt it. And she doesn't just succeed, she excels.

The album opens up with a sweeping, energetic orchestral overture then immediately moves on to the next three songs played without break. And with only the first 4 songs (and just as many genres), you know you are in for a ride like no other. The ArchAndroid just grips you and never eases up giving you time to breath, it just keeps moving forward. With songs like Come Alive, Tightrope, and Cold War, Suite II is very in your face compared to Suite III.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A star from another galaxy... May 18, 2010
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Surely no human could possibly create such amazing genre-hopping music as this, it could only be an android. And so it is we find Janelle Monáe inspired by 1927 sci-fi movie "Metropolis" creates a cyber soul persona Cindy Mayweather and the result is "ArchAndroid...", a strong contender for album of the year.

The lyrics touch on love, war, and slavery, while the sounds range from Classical; the dramatic suite overtures, Indie; "Come alive (The war of the roses)", trippy Rock; the psychedelic Hendrix-channeling "Mushrooms & roses" with distorted vocodered vocals, Pop; the bouncy Motown-esque "Faster", "Cold war" (on which she sounds like Beyoncé, but without the over-reaching she is prone to), and retro Soul; "Locked inside", the Stevie Wonder-esque "Oh, Maker", the lush Lauryn Hill-esque "Neon valley street" with a lovely guitar solo, while "Neon gumbo" is the sound of a song playing backwards.

"Dance or die" features Saul Williams and a spitfire delivery from Monáe, groovy baseline, and an Afro beat feel. Lead-off single "Tightrope" is retro Funk featuring Outkast's Big Boi and "the funkiest horn section in Metropolis", sounding like something from Outkast's "Idlewild" album (on which she appeared). Punk Rock group Of Montreal feature on the quirky alt Pop "Make the bus", "Wondaland" is midtempo and incredibly catchy, while the dreamy acoustic ballad "57821" features Deep Cotton and sounds folky and hymnal, like The Fleet Foxes.

The woozy "Sir Greendown"is an enchanting ballad, the breezy ballad "Say you'll go" reminds me of Stevie Wonder's "Rocket love" in places, while closing is the lush Jazzy "BaBooByeYa" which meanders through different movements, a mini opera sounding like something Shirley Bassey would do.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars she's waking them up May 26, 2010
By lamae
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This release is hot, pure and simple. It puts me in the mind of hearing Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" album the first time when I was a freshman in college. The songs truly felt like a suite and flowed smack into each other (Erykah Badu's "Mama's Gun" and Jill Scott's live album are the few in recent memory that hit me like this). The arrangements in Archandroid are like an audible collision between Stevie Wonder, James Bond, a tinge of Earth Wind and Fire and Quincy Jones circa Michael Jackson "Off the Wall," approaching Curtis Mayfield, and some Bjork (yes, you are America's answer to the majestic Bjork, Swing Out Sister and Janet Jackson). Add in a little otherworldly that puts you in the mood of a movie soundtrack and we're about there.Yes, I danced in the mirror of my apartment to "Tightrope," - they try to take your dreams/but you can't a allow it...whether you're high or low/you got to tip on the tightrope...this ain't no acrobatics/you either follow or you gotta keep your balance or you fall into the gap - her first release and hardly got the James Brown footwork Janelle and her crew does so wonderfully in her video. My cat was entertained at my even trying.

What you want to really listen to is Suite II Overture, cut 1, and cut 4, Locked Inside (which has the drumming transition you hear at the beginning of MJ's "Rock with You". There are few things being dropped these days that surprise. Archandroid is among them. After the Overture, dig into "Dance or Die," which again puts me in the mind of the Jackson family, namely Janet, as this song sounds eerily similar to "I Bet You Think This Song is About You." Janelle's power is in her daring to take risks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars waste
Waste of studio time. Was hectic in the worse way. She has potential but this was a major mistake. The whole album. Also, voice lessons would serve her well.
Published 1 day ago by mia
5.0 out of 5 stars An outright genius modern classic
One of my absolute favorite albums. Genuinely brilliant, the creative vision behind the music isn't just apparent, but bold, vibrant and refreshing. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mr. Titanic
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great from Monae
I really love to hear Janelle Monae sing. She has such a great voice. I have become a big fan.
Published 1 month ago by A User
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
First saw her on Carson Daley Later - Immediately purchased it from Amazon. Very high energy music that just takes your body to crazy levels of dance frenzy.
Published 2 months ago by FlyFinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought this would be better.
Maybe I'm just not the experimental type. I bought the album for "Tightrope" but I found myself looking for another hook on another track. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Vezmar
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of 2010
I remember hearing this album in its entirety back in 2010. I was blown away by its style, its direction, and the creativity of its creator, Ms. Janelle Monae. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Nnodim Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting
One of the best cd's I've heard lately! It's. put togetd has very good accompaniment. I was clued in by another.her well another music buff and wasn't steered wrong. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Todd R Scheiderer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Concepts I've Heard
This is the second installment in the symphony being composed by Janelle Monae. With this album, she is really into her character and musically pushing the borders of her reality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mitchell Small
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have..
Anyone willing to walk on the wild side and embrace their inner music lover needs to add this body of work to their music collection. Janelle does not disappoint.
Published 3 months ago by Slow, Warm, Fuzzy Feeling
5.0 out of 5 stars What a musical treat!
I've heard lots of wonderful things about Janelle Monae so I put this CD on my wish list. Since receiving it for Christmas, I've been listening to it nonstop in the car. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JLee91082
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