Sunday, 2 January 2011
TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2010: #1 JANELLE MONAE: THE ARCHANDROID
5/5. This wasn't an album, it was a soundtrack. Janelle Monae scored the best of the best this year with 'The ArchAndroid'. This singer was a machine on a journey of an album. After the release of her classic, futuristic EP, 'Metropolis', Monae took us even further out this world. This artist used every color on her pallet to paint the perfect album. From Neo-soul to show tunes, every genre was touched as Janelle gave us musical art. From the commercially viable, battling soul, sold single 'Cold War', to the guitar unsensibilites of 'Come Alive (War of the Roses)' Monae had it all. The female Cee-Lo took a gamble on this one, but saw green as just great music paid off. Diddy and Big Boi (nice help on the 'Tightrope') were right with this one, sure other albums have sold more and been talked about more but none has had quite an impact or are as delightfully diverse as this. We could go all in on all of the eighteen tracks of this almost hour and a half movie musical, but the big picture here is the record as a whole itself. Which displays instrumental and vocal range that makes the renowed eclectic, pathetic. Simply put there hasn't quite been an album like this in 2010, as a matter of fact, there hasn't been music like this for years...years. TIM DAVID HARVEY.