JANELLE MONAE – DIRTY COMPUTER
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.