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Music Review: Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer

She’s made two conceptual albums featuring her alter-ego, the time-traveling android Cindi Mayweather, and starred in two films: the Oscar-winning Moonlight and Hidden Figures . And yet a major commercial breakthrough has so far eluded her. But this could be Monáe’s moment. Working with Prince before he died in 2016, Monáe went on to create a strikingly personal album. The sensual “Make Me Feel” is a direct homage to Prince’s “Kiss,” while “Americans” resembles the free spirit of his “Let’s Go Crazy” and the finger-popping “Pynk” channels the Purple One’s sexually liberated anthems. Monáe, who has been romantically linked to actress Tessa Thompson, uses her new album to explore themes of fem...
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Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady

Monáe may be pop’s most fashionable innovator. The Kansas City native, recently chosen as the new face of CoverGirl , has been turning heads ever since releasing her debut album, The ArchAndroid , in 2010. A collection of psychedelic soul with a sci-fi twist, it featured both her android alter-ego Cindi Mayweather and her Grammy-nominated r&b hit “Tightrope.” With Monáe ’s fondness for tuxedos, bowties and a distinctive pompadour, she was also seen in an eye-catching cameo for fun.’s video “We Are Young.” Now the 27-year-old beauty has released a dazzling followup, another concept album that continues her cyborg thematic storyline . With guests ranging from Prince and Erykah Badu to Beyo...
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