Compared to her debut, the American R&B songstress's second album is a tamer affair, but it's still bursting with eclectic exhilaration and soulful flair
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Sadly, for most people, the name Janelle Monae only feels similar in the context of a certain summer anthem such as Fun's Grammy Award-winning hit, We Are Young. Don't get us wrong, though, the song has its own merits _ it's just that Monae has so much more to offer stylistically, artistically and musically. Dialling back to 2010, Monae's debut studio album, The ArchAndroid, instantly became a modern classic, thanks largely to its ferocious single, Tightrope (featuring Big Boi). The album presents a refreshing melange of musical genres, covering everything from neo-soul and jazz to funk and glam rock _ all fittingly matched by Monae's spunky, infectious personality. The ArchAndroid went on to earn her six Grammy nominations, and was named one of the best records of that year by many leading publications.
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