Janelle Monae: Dance Apoc­a­lyp­tic

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC -

When Dance Apoc­a­lyp­tic first hit the air­waves a cou­ple of months be­fore Monae’s Elec­tric Lady al­bum came out, cer­tain cir­cles de­rided the song for not sound­ing tougher. Af­ter all, shouldn’t a song called Dance Apoc­a­lyp­tic have some­thing of a hard edge to it? But a closer lis­ten to the lyrics demon­strates that the song is about celebration in the face of dis­as­ter. But I re­ally re­ally wanna thank you / For danc­ing ‘til the end, goes the re­frain. So a soul-pop con­fec­tion seems just about right. In her rel­a­tively short ca­reer, Monae has al­ready proven her­self adept at any num­ber of styles, but this track is one of those rare mo­ments of pop per­fec­tion.

From the sim­ple, catchy beat to Monae’s im­pas­sioned vo­cals to the chant-along back­ground vo­cals ( Smash smash / Bang bang / Don’t stop / Cha­lan­galan­galang), Dance Apoc­a­lyp­tic de­serves a place in the 21st cen­tury song canon along­side fel­low retro-pop lu­mi­nar­ies Hey Ya and F(AS­TER­ISK)(AS­TER­ISK)k You. — Chris Cona­ton


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