So, tomorrow's the day when you can pick up the new Janelle Monae album, The ArchAndroid (arc, as in "archangel"), which delivers parts II and III of the Chase Suite. I swear, it feels like homegirl has been working Metropolis for close to three years!
I'll have a full review tomorrow, but I think you'll find that it was worth the wait. It's 18 tracks that build on the themes from Metropolis without relying too heavily on them. Nice, too, is that she keeps the guests to a minimum, featuring only Saul Williams, Outkast's Big Boi (natch!), indie pop/rock band Of Montreal and Wondaland labelmates Deep Cotton.
In the meantime, here's the track listing:
- Suite II Overture
- Dance Or Die (feat. Saul Williams)
- Locked Inside
- Sir Greendown
- Cold War
- Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)
- Neon Gumbo
- Oh Maker
- Come Alive (The War of the Roses)
- Mushrooms and Roses
- Suite III Overture
- Neon Valley Street
- Make the Bus (feat. Of Montreal)
- 57821 (feat. Deep Cotton)
- Say You'll Go
Also, happy to see that Diddy was smart enough not to eff around with this project and try to make her into something she's not. I also think there's a whole case study in the wings on how she and the Wondaland Arts team have built her career and profile since '07. More on that later.