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Janelle Monáe - "The ArchAndroid"

Estranged Reality

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You'll be hearing a lot about this girl - her debut album has a 94 rating on MetaCritic.com (a site that keeps track of critics' reviews), which is virtually unheard of. (Very few albums receive over 90. I think only Brian Wilson's SMiLE got a higher rating, but I'm not sure.)

The album is awesome. It kinda reminds me of the sort of experimental, genre-bending stuff Prince got into back in his heyday...r&b, soul, classical, cinema, rap -- it's all there, and works really well.

Here's a couple samples:

A hip-hop tune from the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpCku1dnDpo

A soul track: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJEWjtRd6hQ

She's been around a little while (contributed to Outkast's last record, I believe) but this is her first proper LP. It's really impressive that she has such a great singing voice and is also capable of rapping fairly well when she wants to.

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