Janelle Monáe

Dirty Computer

2018

This album was released 16 weeks ago.

80% ±13% 22 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Dirty Computer (feat. Brian Wilson)
2 Crazy, Classic, Life
3 Take A Byte
4 Jane's Dream
5 Screwed (feat. Zoë Kravitz)
6 Django Jane
7 Pynk (feat. Grimes)
8 Make Me Feel
9 I Got The Juice (feat. Pharrell Williams)
10 I Like That
11 Don't Judge Me
12 Stevie's Dream
13 So Afraid
14 Americans
Rating Source
80% 4WIM Rating
100% New Musical Express
100% DIY Magazine For that, she held virtually every music journalist in London in the palm of her hand at an album playback which defied all logic.
100% The Telegraph The witty, interlinked songs tackle subjects that have fuelled much of the discourse around “woke” social consciousness in the age of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter, in which even the American president has his finger on the Twitter trigger.
100% Renowned for Sound Instead of creating albums; she creates universes, the latest of which we are invited to explore is Dirty Computer. A celebration of audio and visual excellence that uses nods from the past to write the future. “I’m not that special, I’m broke inside” sings Monae on the title track, which features backing vocals from none other than Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
93% Consequence of Sound The metaphor of the “dirty computer” is as applicable to our society as it is to the futuristic one depicted in the “emotion picture” that Monáe released in conjunction with the album — mirroring our own day and age back to us, like all good science fiction.
90% Exclaim! Music Any musician that could coax a collaboration out of one, let alone all of those legends must be an icon in her own right.
90% Zero Magazine Det är en finallåt i samma kaliber som ”Baby I’m A Star”.Precis som på de bästa Princealbumen så bryter Monáe mot vad som definierar olika genrer och blandar dem på ett okonventionellt sätt.
85% Under the Radar Magazine Although the metaphor reappears on the title track and "Take a Byte," it does not control the narrative.
82% GIGsoup Our favorite R&B Android from Kansas City has recently released her third studio album, the follow up to Electric Lady, Dirty Computer.
80% The Guardian Set in a futuristic dystopia, The ArchAndroid (2010) starred a saviour robot, Cindi Mayweather, and disdained easy categorisations, combining R&B, pop and rock with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and southern states sass.
80% The Arts Desk So does Kansas City gal Janelle Monae's third album live up to expectations set by such a high calibre of contributors?
80% Music OMH In this instance, the most obvious musical touchstone is Monáe's friend and collaborator, Prince.
80% No Ripcord It's a persona that Monáe has fully embodied with convincing humanity, and in Dirty Computer, she's not entirely ready to send her off to a waste management facility.
80% Drowned in Sound Between those two records, Monae instantly showed her ambition and the scope of her imagination, traversing several genres, sometimes in a single song, while exploring her 'othered' alter ego Cindi Mayweather.
70% Loud & Quiet
70% The Line of Best Fit Since she burst onto the scene over a decade ago, I’ve had Janelle Monáe’s albums on constant repeat.
70% Slant Magazine
70% God is in the TV I’m afraid you just love my disguise.” As Cyndi Mayweather, Janelle Monae hid behind a cyborg character on her last two albums The ArchAndroid and The Electric Lady as part of an epic fictional Metropolis universe.
70% Pop Matters Even with its shallow letdowns, Janelle Monáe's Dirty Computer succeeds overall because it mostly delivers the same elements that made the Metropolis lineage soar.
70% Tiny Mixtapes Just as — to use the famous example — turning to a police officer who shouts “hey, you!” makes “you” the subject of ideologies of democracy and law, the track “Pynk” and its music video responds to the performative experience of “woman” as a subject to normative ideologies of gender, which begins as early as the announcement that “it’s a girl.” In a sense, then, Monaé appears to harmonize with hegemonic gender discourse by signaling “feminine” motifs throughout Dirty Computer.
60% PressPLAY If there’s anyone who can make a song called Dirty Computer work – featuring resplendent Brian Wilson harmonies and lines such as ‘the bugs are in me’ or, er, ‘text message God up in the sky’ – it can only be Janelle Monae.
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