Monday, August 18, 2008

Alien From Outer Space: Janelle Monáe

, Janel


Sometimes, in music you get a breeze- a breath of fresh air. Janelle Monáe offers a gust. This pint sized Atlantian first caught my attention when she appeared on Outkast's Idlewild Album.

Armed with a pompadour hairstyle and saddle-Oxford shoes, Janelle is a hybrid that brings something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Her classic look paired with her progressive and futuristic sound is reminiscent of two of her predecessors- André 3000 and Cee-Lo.
Janelle's blues laden voice is almost too pure to pull off the genre which I affectionately call Neo-AfroFunk. However, after seeing her perfomances, there is no doubt that her eccentric delivery and robotic dance moves are nothing less than authentic.

Metropolis, a suite rather than a full album, succeeds in its effort to incite interest and leave you wanting more. You'll beg for more collabos with André and hope for a Gnarls Barkley on the next suite. Allow the visions of George Clinton to dance in your head. So, with all that said, COP THAT DISC!






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