Janelle Monae, Metropolis: The Chase Suite (2007)
Long before this clip wowed people (and introduced this album) there was this concept EP; the debut release from Janelle Monae. Right away it hinted at something beyond the usual R’n’B/hip-hop diva. This was pop music sure. But it was pop music that reached out towards more than just the obvious single to help sell jeans or whatever. It was – in short – smart. I also really liked the format: that mini-album/maxi-EP, not quite (just) an EP and not quite (just) an album. Twenty-seven minutes, seven tracks. I love that format – when it’s done right. People gassed about Solange’s True last year (I didn’t). That was one great song and filler. This is all good/all solid. And you knew there was something more to come. That ended up being The ArchAndroid. Now I don’t know if Monae will nail the follow-up to that – the thematic link is still in place, she owes us one more in the series (technically). She’s been busy with touring and guest appearances – and those guest appearances worry me frankly. But the early promise was there. Was obvious. I loved this when I first heard it – a total unknown, I knew nothing about her when I was handed Metropolis back when it was released. I’ve yet to buy The ArchAndroid on vinyl. I probably will. But I’ve had Metropolis on vinyl for a couple of years I guess. Nice format. A clever release. A good range of styles across the seven songs. Good stuff.
Sample Track: Many Moons
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