2010 keeps getting better. I’m relatively new to the Janelle Monae fan club though she has been in my peripheral for a few years. I thought she was gimmicky at first glance and didn’t take the time to actually listen to her music. When I did, I liked it, didn’t love it but liked it enough to be on the lookout for the ArchAndroid. I had high hopes after Tightrope and Cold War but I was worried that those would be the only highlights of the album. I haven’t even fully listened to it yet but already this is my favorite album of the year so far. I’m a HUGE Badu fan and I have to say that Return of the Ankh’s abstract take’s a backseat to ArchAndroid’s realism this time around. If both Erykah and Janelle continue on their current paths, in a couple of albums we might have an interesting discussion on our hands. You can catch them both at some of the dates on Erykah’s “Out My Mind” tour this summer. Check out the snippets and let the ArchAndroid guide you on a journey across time and space.
So I mentioned a few posts ago that 2010 was going to be a great year for music and from the looks of this trailer for Janelle Monae’s upcoming album we’re in for some interesting stuff at the very least. I probably wont fully understand how the trailer fits with the overall concept of the album until it drops but it definitely adds to my already peaked interest. Tightrope is the theme for my 2010 so far. Janelle is very thoughtful lyrically so I’m sure this will all make sense in the end. For now, watch and wonder!