Metropolis: The Chase Suite (CD)


Janelle Monáe

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Amoeba Staff 10/12/2010


The Chase Suite has a theatrical feel to it, with choral, string, and horn arrangements that sometimes do make the songs sound as if they are from a musical. The songs are based on the story of Cindi Mayweather, an android who has fallen in love with a human and is now being hunted down by others in her society who feel she must be disassembled for this malfunction. And though robot characters have been used so often before to show how society can be cold and dehumanizing, Monae uses the robot/alien metaphor to great effect to address the many levels of inequality and cold heartedness that one can find in the world. With her cleverness, strong positive personality, and delightful songbird's voice, she makes thinking fun even when touching on uncomfortable topics. Monae's been compared to Andre 3000 (Big Boi of OutKast was an early fan of hers), and you can hear why on the album's first two songs—they have a simple “Hey Ya” rock beat, some Farfisa organ to give things a 1960s/1980s sound, and a catchiness. The over-riding message of the over CD is a reminder of this: "Be courageous—love no matter what." (Jamie Spidle) Read More


Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
March of the Wolfmasters
Janelle Monáe 01:27
2.
Violet Stars Happy Hunting !!!
Janelle Monáe 03:13
3.
Many Moons
Janelle Monáe 05:27
4.
Cybertronic Purgatory
Janelle Monáe 01:35
5.
Sincerely, Jane.
Janelle Monáe 05:31
6.
Mr. President
Janelle Monáe 04:59
7.
Smile
Janelle Monáe 03:58
8.
Smile [Hidden Bonus Track]
Janelle Monáe

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