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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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  • Audio CD (August 12, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001B9ZVW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Wynne R. Phillips VINE VOICE on August 12, 2008
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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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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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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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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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