The ArchAndroid This energetic singer's debut comes with a narrative concept about robots. On The ArchAndroid , the real story, however, is her arrival as an uncontainable… The ArchAndroid This energetic singer's debut comes with a narrative concept about robots. On The ArchAndroid , the real story, however, is her arrival as an uncontainable… 2010-05-18 Janelle Monae Pop
Music Review

The ArchAndroid (2010)

Janelle Monae | COME ALIVE Janelle Monáe
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COME ALIVE Janelle Monáe
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 18, 2010; Lead Performance: Janelle Monae; Genre: Pop

This energetic singer's debut comes with a narrative concept about robots. On The ArchAndroid, the real story, however, is her arrival as an uncontainable new talent. A protégée of both Diddy and OutKast's Big Boi, she dives headlong into sounds including pop, funk, soul, rock, disco, and cabaret. Does every genre suit her equally? Of course not, but most of Janelle Monée's mad experiments yield spectacularly catchy results. A–

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Originally posted May 12, 2010 Published in issue #1103 May 21, 2010 Order article reprints
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