2010 in Review #14 - Janelle Monae

We caught Janelle Monae back at SXSW back in March 2009, so it's been rather cool to see her gain critical momentum ever since, with near universal praise for this year's The ArchAndroid album. An intoxicating mix of old school soul, electro pop, funk - and even a spot of punkabilly - Monae is one of the few breakthrough acts with genuine star quality, best experienced in the live environment. Disappointingly, the album didn't even make the top 50 here in the UK so the record company needs to do some work to bring her the success she undoubtedly deserves.

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