This post is the twenty fourth post of my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery.
In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post we’re going to be talking about Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid!
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
The ArchAndroid was released in 2010 on Wondaland Arts Society and Bad Boy, it was produced by Various, the art director was Andrew Zaeh and the run time is 68:35.
Janelle Monae is an American singer, actress and model. The ArchAndroid is the second studio album by Janelle Monae and her first major label release, it was the second and third part of her conceptual suite Metropolis.
This album has been compared to the likes of David Bowie, Prince, Michael Jackson and Outkast to name just a few. I definitely hear their influence when I listen to it but so much that I want to say that she copied their sound.
This Is an album I have listened to only a handful of times, I remember sitting with my friend not long after it was released and he was so excited about it and so because of that I heard it a few times. I like the album but it’s not something I’ll actively seek out unless I’m writing a post about it like right now!
Let’s take a look at the tracklist:
Track One: Suite II Overture
Track Two: Dance or Die
Track Three: Faster
Track Four: Locked Inside
Track Five: Sir Greendown
Track Six: Cold War
Track Seven: Tightrope
Track Eight: Neon Gumbo
Track Nine: Oh, Maker
Track Ten: Come Alive (War Of The Roses)
Track Eleven: Mushrooms & Roses
Track Twelve: Suite III Overture
Track Thirteen: Neon Valley Street
Track Fourteen: Make The Bus
Track Fifteen: Wondaland
Track Sixteen: 57821
Track Seventeen: Say You’ll Go
Track Eighteen: BaBopByeYa
My favourite track from this album is Say You’ll Go.
The only thing left for me to say is whether or not I think this album should be on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
I don’t think it belongs on the list, I’m sure that in years to come people will look back and possibly hold this album in high acclaim and call it one of the best albums of the time but right now, no. I think this space could’ve gone to so many other people befpre Janelle.
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!
Thanks for reading,