Janelle Monae: an impressive talent

O.K., I don’t usually do the music critic thing. But Janelle Monae, an artist I’d never heard of from Atlanta, blew me away this week. Her 2010 release, ArchAndroid, is pretty ambitious. Monae mixes styles, layers sounds upon sounds and alternately croons and screams, rock style, to keep a listener guessing as how to rightly categorize her. On one song she’s doing the 80s dance thing. On the next she’s all into psychedelic rock. On still another she’s doing an imitation of the Fleet Foxes. There’s even a science fiction/cinema angle sorta involved. Fritz Lang’s classic movie Metropolis inspired ArchAndroid. Like an NPR reviewer wrote, she’s part musical genius, part mad scientist. Here are a few of her songs: COLD WAR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6nVCZpgT2s 57821 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yQgciCLaWUCOME ALIVE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_daZ57HEOU MUSHROOMS AND ROSES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_daZ57HEOU WONDALAND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv10t488Zpo http://amplify.com/u/jqpg

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