The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) (album) by Janelle Monáe
In total, there are 2 music albums by Janelle Monáe which appear in the greatest album charts and The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) is ranked as the best.
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The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) track list
|1.||Overture II||79/100 (12 votes)|
|2.||Dance or Die (feat. Saul Williams)||80/100 (17 votes)|
|3.||Faster||81/100 (15 votes)|
|4.||Locked Inside||80/100 (19 votes)|
|5.||Sir Greendown||78/100 (13 votes)|
|6.||Cold War||83/100 (20 votes)|
|7.||Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)||83/100 (23 votes)|
|8.||Neon Gumbo||78/100 (11 votes)|
|9.||Oh, Maker||80/100 (15 votes)|
|10.||Come Alive (War of the Roses)||81/100 (14 votes)|
|11.||Mushrooms & Roses||80/100 (13 votes)|
|12.||Overture III||78/100 (10 votes)|
|13.||Neon Valley Street||80/100 (13 votes)|
|14.||Make the Bus (feat. of Montreal)||78/100 (11 votes)|
|15.||Wondaland||78/100 (13 votes)|
|16.||57821 (feat. Deep Cotton)||79/100 (11 votes)|
|17.||Say You’ll Go||79/100 (10 votes)|
|18.||BabopbyeYa||79/100 (11 votes)|
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The potions are a coming and a bubbling on this klido piece. Fresh from the alchemists lair comes this album just over one year old. Fall head over heels for the golden hooks of 'Faster' and heart pounding throttling fish on a dish vocal gymnasts of 'Tightrope'. Creativity is cast into this album. Lots of electronic gizmos and hooks are too. They are important I should say. The one on production duties delivers more magic than a magician on world tour and the singer vocals are astounding while having a talent for the pen. I mean, 'Cold War' is top 40 hit parade material with a melody to rival some of the biggest ones throughout the decades. However... that is not the direction the album is aiming for. Not the vocation it was conceived to do. You see, this is a concept album at heart. Perhaps it is the violins and cellos which take your shoes off at the start. The applause maybe? What about the fact there is an overture on the piece? That has to count for something!? Well, all of them and more. I think this is aiming for the aural cinema's. Seemingly inspired by the film 'Metropolis' and holding a story with the scope of 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' and 'The Wall' if they were happy and content. Not too rigid with the story but does add strength to the album. 'Come Alive (The War Of The Roses)' tumbles in on its own thunder. Can just imagine the frantic group dancing done along to this in a music video. Gets a lot lighter towards the end. Starting from 'Suite III Overture' comes the contemplating. Followed by 'Neon Valley Street' where the twilight has come out behind the steel giants, the vast emptiness of the cities outside is a sleep except for the silent gasps of awesome coming from the tree trunks... or somewhere. Well pluck the neon harp and the take out your electronic organ, you have a box of golden dreams in capsules here.
This chick is funky. On "archandroid" she's written a lot of complex tunes for the r&b world and made most of them highly catchy. She has a great ear for music and her strange personae only amplifies the album's funkiness. It's obvious why big boi put her on his album -- they have similar quality taste in pop music.
This is a stunning album, a true journey from start to finish, totally defying any genre categorisation.. I mean you could call this a "pop" or "RnB" record, but there are elements of classical music, jazz and soul to name a few (I think hairy covered that aspect well). Of course that doesn't necessarily mean that all people will like it for that, but I find such diversity in a mainstream act to be very refreshing.
And I would disagree with those talking about the first half being better. I think that every single track in the second half (in Suite III) is great, from the calm 57821 to the epic BabopbyeYa.
Track picks: Neon Valley Street, 57821, Faster, Sir Greendown
Monae's ambitious concept is an amalgam of musical forms that encompass virtually the entire history of music in an eclectic and intelligent way. The album opens with a symphonic suite followed by Brazilian and African overtones that marry a frenzied rap with a celestial melody sung by a female choir, while horns, strings, syncopated beats and digital sound effects sculpt an earthly soundscape. This segues into a jiving stomp that harks back to the age of jump blues and charleston. Other musical forms include easy-listening 1960s-style pop and ballads, 1970s James Brown-style funk, Anita Baker-esque soulful vocals, Brazilian samba, jazzy chamber music, intelligent Stevie Wonder-style soul and 1980s synth-pop. Probably the centrepieces are the frenetic 'Come Alive' and the medieval-intoned '57821', one of the most poignant moments in the recording history of her generation. Monae manages to utilize these various genres to create a unique, dizzying and breathless work.
Excellent debut album.
The 1st half is essentially strong! But later tracks seem a bit like fillers. I like it for its acient-school (doesn't rather sound like old-school imo lol) mood. And this woman has a great voice. Oh, Maker is my fav on this record.
Fantastic first half. Tracks 1-7 are pure gold. Come Alive is another highlight. The second half is a lot more slower and probably needs more time to warm to. Overall a fantastic album and one of the best of the year just gone.
this album is a great listen, but you have to listen to it entirely in order to get into it... i cant stop listening to it lol... this should be higher than mbdtf by kanye for 2010.
Wow ! What a ride ! This album is in a league of it's own. It's unlike anything I've heard. Very "Metropolis". Don't miss it ! Awesome !
This album has rendered me speechless... completely outstanding from start to finish
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