Janelle Monáe is a magnetizing, multi-talented woman who’s third album ‘Dirty Computer’ is spellbindingly fierce, nostalgic, sweet and smooth all at the same time.
Monae masterfully fuses different genres and vocal styles; from the smooth, easy listening track ‘Don’t Judge Me’ to the more explicit and catchy track ‘Screwed’ Feat. Zoe Kravitz (which is basically about getting screwed everywhere, both physically and metaphorically; whilst exploring the relationship between sex and power), she is completely in control of her identity.
– Brian Wilson singing backing vocals on the opening track ‘Dirty Computer’: There are some stellar collaborations on this album but this one is extra special as the Beach Boys legend lends his unique vocal style to the song.
– Janelle Monae shows off some serious rapping chops with ‘Django Jane’.
– The empowering, feel good track ‘I Like That’. With lyrics like I remember when you laughed when I cut my perm off and you rated me a six. I was like ‘damn’. But even back then with the tears in my eyes, I always knew I was the shit. You’ll be internally raising your middle finger to anyone who dissed your style in school.
– ‘PYNK’: The vagina pants. Can we talk about the vagina pants? Seriously, they’re so pretty, and there are rumours that she will be mass-producing them. This whole song is very ‘vagina centric’ but in a way that is celebrating womanhood. Monae’s vocals range from soft and delicate to passionate and strong.
With a whole lot of flow, smooth vocals, rap and girl power; this is one album that will be remembered for years to come for all the right reasons.