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  • 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.
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Django Jane
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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    Though it dissects insecurities and shortcomings as much as it does success, Dirty Computer unabashedly refuses to downplay or apologize for its behavior. ... With this forthright attitude comes fresh ways for Monáe to play on subject matters.
  2. 100
    This record isn’t a monument to His Royal Badness. It’s one of the greatest artists of our time carrying Prince’s baton into the new world.
  3. 91
    As 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.
  4. May 7, 2018
    85
    On 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.
  5. Apr 29, 2018
    80
    It's the full-on pop record that Monáe had been hinting at for years, and though some of her stylistic choices may not age well--especially when she veers into trap territory - she approaches them with a kind of flighty confidence.
  6. May 1, 2018
    77
    Monáe has given us a pop record that feels gleefully youthful, perhaps even the album she wishes she could have had as a teen in Kansas City. The songwriting is precise if not always flawless.
  7. Apr 27, 2018
    60
    You 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 96
  2. Negative: 5 out of 96
  1. Apr 27, 2018
    10
    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,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
  2. Apr 27, 2018
    10
    Janelle 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
  3. Apr 30, 2018
    10
    She, as always, is showing versatility in her new album. The variety of genres that I can feel in this album make me want to dance everyShe, as always, is showing versatility in her new album. The variety of genres that I can feel in this album make me want to dance every single song. I have to admit that the last songs of the record are better in lyrics and the first ones are better in voice management. Very well balanced and a b lessing for my ears. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2018
    10
    This will definitely be remembered as a boundary-pushing audiovisual experience. Within an ambitious project, the songs follow a pattern whichThis will definitely be remembered as a boundary-pushing audiovisual experience. Within an ambitious project, the songs follow a pattern which brings us through a journey of self-discovery, fun, enjoying the simplicity of life and, more specifically, being a black woman in these times. Simple messages given through upbeat songs, raps, amusing rhymes all conceived by the brilliant creative mind of Janelle. Expand
  5. May 19, 2018
    9
    I’m listening to this album (for like the twentieth time this week) while writing a blog post and I can’t stop getting up and wanting toI’m listening to this album (for like the twentieth time this week) while writing a blog post and I can’t stop getting up and wanting to dance. I cannot stress about how good this album is. It’s an actual blessing.

    I think I only decided to listen to this album last Friday and I fell in love with it instantly. Songs like Screwed, Pynk, Make Me Feel and Crazy, Classic Life are some of the best pop songs I’ve ever heard (no joke) for so many reasons. This album is so catchy, and the flow is spectacularly smooth, and I can’t stop listening to it.

    Not only does it tackle with really important issues, such as racism and sexism in the world, this album ticks every single box that you would list to make a ‘great album’. I would 100% recommend every single song here, especially the singles, so listen to this album if you haven’t. It’s going to be in my Top 5 for the year, I can pretty much already anticipate it.
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  6. Apr 27, 2018
    9
    Dirty Computer it's not as grand and epic as ArchAndroid, but it's certainly her catchiest album yet, balancing really good the mainstream popDirty Computer it's not as grand and epic as ArchAndroid, but it's certainly her catchiest album yet, balancing really good the mainstream pop sound with Janelle's usual way of experimenting and pushing the genre forwards. If ArchAndroid is her's To Pimp a Butterfly, then this is certainly her DAMN. Expand
  7. Jul 6, 2018
    0
    I do not like !. Uninspired. Annoying. Unoriginal and most of all, unnecessary.

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