JANELLE MONAE – DIRTY COM­PUTER

DNA Magazine - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

The prob­lem with be­ing ver­sa­tile, aside from al­ways be­ing in de­mand, is that you’re hard to pin down. This quirky, self­de­fined, pan-sex­ual Amer­i­can songstress and ac­tress (qui­etly ex­cel­lent in both Hid­den Fig­ures and Moon­light) has been hard to pi­geon­hole, which of­ten means she doesn’t get the main­stream ac­claim she de­serves. That should change with this, her third al­bum, in which she bills her­self as “Amer­ica’s night­mare and the Amer­i­can dream”. We warned you she was vers! Her Dirty Com­puter is loaded with po­ten­tial hits like the sexy Crazy, Clas­sic Life, swing­ing Take A Byte and an an­them for power bot­toms the world over, Screwed (fea­tur­ing Zoe Kravitz). The first two sin­gles, the stri­dent Django Jane and lesbo-sex rally cry Pynk, seem pe­cu­liar choices if Janelle is chas­ing chart glory. How­ever, as an al­bum, this is Dirty stuff worth log­ging on to.

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