Sunday Suggestion – Janelle Monae – Tightrope

This multi-talented soul, pop, electronic (and much more) artist from Kansas City, released her brilliant debut album The ArchAndroid back in 2010 and has since released a more than worthy follow up with The Electric Lady last year. Despite being fans of both; her debut just edges it for me and it’s tracks like ‘Tightrope’ which just do it. It’s a wonderfully surreal and absorbing album which stays true to the Metropolis theme which simply gives the album that added dimension. This track was a perfectly placed interlude to it all with a snappy and unrelenting rhythm and statement of intent from Janelle at the start with a powerful vocal punch before being unleashed into the verses delivering witty, quick fire lyrics with such ease before launching into the vocal expanses of the chorus. Big Boi’s rap matching the easy feel of the song and fits hand in glove, allowing the songs flow to remain unbroken. A flow that is so damn infectious throughout with the cascading and tumbling bass lines combining with that snappy percussion. What a great piece of pop wonder which should really be given more appreciation.

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