Who is Cindi Mayweather? Janelle Monae's debut EP, Metropolis, introduced the singer's futuristic alter-ego to the masses, and the ArchAndroid's storyline continues on this 2013 full-length from the super talented, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter (and actress, record producer, model, etc.). The illustrious guest list, which includes Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Solange is certainly a draw, but it is Monae that steals the show; Monae's r&b roots are woven together w/ classic soul, rock, and funk for elaborate, updated grooves, and her songwriting, some of the most personal to date, is smart and thought-provoking (all the while making you want to get up and dance). Songs to check out: "Primetime," "Dance Apocalyptic," "Queen," and of course, "Giving Em What They Love" featuring the Purple One.
- black double vinyl pressing
- gatefold sleeve
- music label: Bad Boy Records 2013
reviewed by rei kwondo 04/2018