- Summary: The third LP (and first in five years) from the actress and recording artist features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death.
- Record Label: Bad Boy
- Genre(s): R&B
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|This is my palace, champagne in my chalice I got it all covered like a wedding band Wonderland, so my alias is Alice We gon' start a motherfuckin'...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
May 1, 2018As a whole, Dirty Computer strikes the perfect balance between joy and sadness, offering a deeply resonant account of Monáe’s personal experiences as a black woman. Some of these experiences are unquestionably difficult. Yet in relaying them to us, Monáe never deprives herself (or the listener) of pride, joy, or autonomy.
May 7, 2018On Dirty Computer, she finally makes good on her promise, keeping the fearlessness of her earlier albums while refining her focus. This album is only 48 minutes long, but it feels as ambitious and grand as her previous 70-minute releases. In the process, she has raised the standard for her music.
Apr 27, 2018You occasionally wonder if an understandable desire to cross over commercially might not be at the root of the album’s less inspired moments: there’s something commonplace and risk-averse about the pop-R&B backing of Crazy, Classic, Life and I Got the Juice.
Apr 27, 2018Pure excellent artistry is simply at work in this album. She touches on raw, unabashed identity and what it means to be a proud black,Pure excellent artistry is simply at work in this album. She touches on raw, unabashed identity and what it means to be a proud black, non-gender conforming individual in America given the sociopolitical context of our current modern society. She also utilizes exemplary elements from familiar artists in her work such as Prince and Grimes while also introducing new players into her discography such as the promising Zoë Kravitz and Brian Wilson from the iconic Beach Boys. Furthermore, the album is accompanied by an awe-inspiring 'emotion picture' that only attests to her sheer vision and creative innovation as an artist who is willing to cross traditional genres and boundaries in music and film. Indeed, Dirty Computer will truly withstand as one of her most ambitious projects of all time.… Expand
Apr 27, 2018Janelle has a beautiful voice and she shares more and more of her psyche and personality on each album. This release is a breathe of freshJanelle has a beautiful voice and she shares more and more of her psyche and personality on each album. This release is a breathe of fresh air, maybe a few moments feel too poppy for my tastes like Zoe Kravitz's vocals on 'Screwed', but then again that song has many brilliant song elements like the vocoder effect over Janelle's rapping or the layers of guitar loops. Another sonic journey is Americans, with a hook so catchy I can't get it out of my head.… Expand
May 1, 2018Like The ArchAndroid, a modern masterpiece. Whereas the ArchAndroid may be her most cohesive and steeped in creative metaphor, Dirty ComputerLike The ArchAndroid, a modern masterpiece. Whereas the ArchAndroid may be her most cohesive and steeped in creative metaphor, Dirty Computer is her most musically diverse and openly vulnerable. Both are strong in their own ways. Here, Monae adds a pure rap track in "Django Jane" and the quite pop "Pynk" to her repertoire, both of which she excels in. On the other hand, songs like "I Got The Juice" and "I Like That" are nice additions featuring the classic Monae sound.
My only criticism would be that I wish the interludes "Jane's Dream" and "Stevie's Dream" were longer - I miss the sweeping orchestral suites from her previous albums.
Overall, the album is an excellent addition to her discography, and well worth the wait.
For those interested, the "emotion picture" is stunning as well, with an extended version of Pynk as a highlight.
Fave Tracks: Django Jane, Pynk, I Like That, Take A Byte.… Expand
May 28, 2018I like Janelle Monae, but her recordings leave a lot to be desired TO ME. I was not impressed with "Dirty Computer". I didn't like itI like Janelle Monae, but her recordings leave a lot to be desired TO ME. I was not impressed with "Dirty Computer". I didn't like it sonically or lyrically.… Expand
Published: November 26, 2018Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find all of the individual lists and 2018's consensus rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
|The Beatles [White Album] [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] - The Beatles|
|Music from Big Pink [50th Anniversary] - The Band|
|Electric Ladyland [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] - The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
|Room 25 - Noname|
|Imagine: The Ultimate Collection [Box Set] - John Lennon|
|...And Justice for All [30th Anniversary Expanded Edition] - Metallica|
|Socks - JD McPherson|
|More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14 - Bob Dylan|
|Assume Form - James Blake|
|Holy Hell - Architects|
|Honey - Robyn|
|Safe In The Hands Of Love - Yves Tumor|
|Chris - Christine and the Queens|
|El Mal Querer - Rosalía|
|Joy As an Act of Resistance - Idles|
|I Loved You at Your Darkest - Behemoth|
|Negative Capability - Marianne Faithfull|
|Some Rap Songs - Earl Sweatshirt|
|Cocoon Crush - Objekt|
|You Won't Get What You Want - Daughters|