24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
, May 20, 2010
This review is from: The ArchAndroid (MP3 Music)
Ok, I'll come out and say it: Anyone giving this album a mediocre or poor review probably doesn't know what the heck he or she is talking about.
I rarely say something like that, but at the same time, there is almost never such an eclectic, sophisticated, surprising, genre-bending album ever to be marketed and released as a "mainstream" album. This is the kind of incredibly brilliant music that almost never finds its way into the mainstream. This woman is light years ahead of any "mainstream" pop/r&b/soul artist working today. So I have to say it like I did to open this review -- a whole lot of listeners that have never listened to much beyond the top 40 of their particular musical style are probably going to listen to this once or twice and then let it gather dust. It's THAT challenging to listeners who simply don't go for anything beyond radio-friendly music.
And no matter the genre, this album's taken a piece of it, turned it on its head, inside out and then spit out something magical, wonderful and brand new.
What's the iPad's tagline? Magical and Revolutionary? Well I've got news for Steve Jobs. THIS album is magical and revolutionary.
This phenomenon of a singer and songwriter sounds like Prince, Michael Jackson, Shirley Bassey and Stevie Wonder all rolled into one, but was clearly -- obviously -- undoubtedly -- raised on a completely different Planet Of Wonderful. Clearly she's not from Earth.
This woman has style and substance -- a voice that in my opinion runs circles around the supposed divas of the past two decades (Mariah, Whitney, Celine, Mary J, etc.). Her voice is like a never-before-seen color of the rainbow.
Janelle Monae oozes STYLE, and CLASS. The songwriting, heck I'll call it songBENDING, is -- creatively -- head and shoulders above just about everything that's been released in the past decade. THIS is how I expected music of the new millennium would sound. It's finally arrived.
On top of all that, she incorporates Debussy's Clair de Lune as a coda to Say You'll Go. It's not the first time I've heard an artist do something like that, but I don't think I've heard it done so well, so organically, so seamlessly, so beautifully.
Whew. Okay, I'm gushing. It's just that I rarely listen to anything so gush-worthy.
Buy it, buy it, buy it.
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