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Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle MonŠe has announced the release of her eagerly awaited debut album. — 'The ArchAndroid' is an 'EMOTION PICTURE' brought to you by Janelle MonŠe and the Mad Minds of th... more Ľ
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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 ArchAndroidno word on whether or not this replica has magic properties The Living Cyktionary, 9th Edition, 2719
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A New Face in Pop Music - A Near Perfect Debut Release
Daniel White | Acworth, GA, USA | 05/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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. Suite III starts with another overture then it mellows out with a quick burst of energy on Make The Bus featuring Of Montreal (arguably the weakest track on the album) and ends a couple of songs later with the 9 minute multi-sectioned song BaBopByeYa, one of the best songs on the album. And with all the sonic imagery Monáe puts into the album, it is easy to imagine just what is going on (Broadway, anyone?).
And a quick word about Janelle Monáe: she is one incredibly talented woman. Concept albums aren't new, but the breadth to which she reaches is amazing (almost 70 minutes of music), and to pull it off is mind-boggling. Also, the amount of different genres she is able to take on and make sound effortless is staggering. Her voice is definitely the highlight of the album, its almost magical in how she can manipulate it to get it to do whatever she wants. I expect great things from Monáe in the coming years, and if this album is any indication of what's to come, I can't wait.
The ArchAndroid isn't just one of the best Pop albums released in awhile, it is one of the best albums released in quite some time. With the combination of Janelle Monáe's vocal prowess and the amazing music and production, you will be hard pressed to find a better pop album debut.
Genuine innovation and accessibility with zero compromise.
Andrew | 05/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you consider yourself a fan of music, buy this album. If you are losing hope in the world outside your window -- feeling insane as if you are the only individual left under the sun -- buy this album. This album speaks volumes musically, lyrically, instrumentally and spiritually. Monae pleads us to join her in a state of Nirvana on "Say You'll Go", but the thing is the listener already finds themselves there as soon as the album begins. When is the last time you honestly heard an album that sounds more cinematic than the majority of movies currently in theaters? Janelle Monae is an artist. By buying this, you are not only supporting an artist, you are supporting a movement. Great music exists -- so let's make it popular. Start a revolution, because this is a Cold War and hardly anyone knows just what exactly they should be fighting for. There is a subtle oppression -- there is a lack of free thought and individuality. Love is not a fantasy and Janelle Monae conveys this with all her heart. Please, please please support the progression of culture and buy this album."
A star from another galaxy...
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 05/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.
Monáe is supremely talented and she has created a theatrical masterpiece here, sounding at times like a musical. As this is the second in a three part series (the first part "Metropolis: The chase suite" was nominated for a Grammy for the bouncy "Many moons"), it would be interesting to see where this leads. Highly recommended!"