Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Janelle Monae - The ArchAndroid

(Bad Boy / Atlantic)

The shoes, the cape, the quiff, the tuxedo; the vintage moves, the flow, the vocals; the mega-conceptual sci-fi pop: Janelle Monae has got the lot. The hype around the 24-year-old singer-songwriter is ardent, expectant, and justified.

Signed by P Diddy, produced by Outkast’s Big Boi, Monae is already a Grammy recipient who’s been artistically aligned with Kelis, Prince and Lauryn Hill (though you might throw James Brown, Sun Ra or Vanessa Williams into that mix).

Monae’s debut UK long-player is as vivid as her back-story might suggest: all cinematic hip-hop, psychedelic funk and futuristic soul. It’s ambitious, overblown, and wonderful.

Janelle Monáe

Psychedelic soul and R&B singer-songwriter.

Castlefield Bowl, Manchester

Thu 4 Jul

£38.50 / 0161 834 4026

The SSE Arena, Wembley

Tue 2 Jul

£44.70–£53.35 / 0844 815 0815

Trinity College Dublin

Wed 3 Jul


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