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  • Summary: The third LP (and first in five years) from the actress and recording artist features appearances by Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, and Grimes, plus musical contributions from Prince just prior to his death.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    Though it dissects insecurities and shortcomings as much as it does success, Dirty Computer unabashedly refuses to downplay or apologize for its behavior. ... With this forthright attitude comes fresh ways for Monáe to play on subject matters.
  2. 100
    This record isn’t a monument to His Royal Badness. It’s one of the greatest artists of our time carrying Prince’s baton into the new world.
  3. 91
    As a whole, Dirty Computer strikes the perfect balance between joy and sadness, offering a deeply resonant account of Monáe’s personal experiences as a black woman. Some of these experiences are unquestionably difficult. Yet in relaying them to us, Monáe never deprives herself (or the listener) of pride, joy, or autonomy.
  4. May 7, 2018
    85
    On Dirty Computer, she finally makes good on her promise, keeping the fearlessness of her earlier albums while refining her focus. This album is only 48 minutes long, but it feels as ambitious and grand as her previous 70-minute releases. In the process, she has raised the standard for her music.
  5. Apr 29, 2018
    80
    It's the full-on pop record that Monáe had been hinting at for years, and though some of her stylistic choices may not age well--especially when she veers into trap territory - she approaches them with a kind of flighty confidence.
  6. May 1, 2018
    77
    Monáe has given us a pop record that feels gleefully youthful, perhaps even the album she wishes she could have had as a teen in Kansas City. The songwriting is precise if not always flawless.
  7. Apr 27, 2018
    60
    You occasionally wonder if an understandable desire to cross over commercially might not be at the root of the album’s less inspired moments: there’s something commonplace and risk-averse about the pop-R&B backing of Crazy, Classic, Life and I Got the Juice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 80 out of 89
  2. Negative: 5 out of 89
  1. May 15, 2018
    10
    Another Masterpiece by Janelle Monae. It's About Freedom, Love and being a real woman
    pynk is amazing and the movie is really great too
  2. Apr 27, 2018
    10
    Pure excellent artistry is simply at work in this album. She touches on raw, unabashed identity and what it means to be a proud black,Pure excellent artistry is simply at work in this album. She touches on raw, unabashed identity and what it means to be a proud black, non-gender conforming individual in America given the sociopolitical context of our current modern society. She also utilizes exemplary elements from familiar artists in her work such as Prince and Grimes while also introducing new players into her discography such as the promising Zoë Kravitz and Brian Wilson from the iconic Beach Boys. Furthermore, the album is accompanied by an awe-inspiring 'emotion picture' that only attests to her sheer vision and creative innovation as an artist who is willing to cross traditional genres and boundaries in music and film. Indeed, Dirty Computer will truly withstand as one of her most ambitious projects of all time. Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2018
    10
    thanks to janelle. this album is the perfect mix of the archandroid and electric lady. all of the good feelings we heard in her last recordsthanks to janelle. this album is the perfect mix of the archandroid and electric lady. all of the good feelings we heard in her last records are expressed in dirty computer, and it makes this album so special and amazing. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2018
    10
    A cohesive, feel good album thats amazing from start to finish! Janelle has done it again!
  5. Apr 30, 2018
    10
    Definitely Album of the Year worthy! Cohesion, production & substance, excellently served by Ms. Monae. (Grammys just don't sleep on her.)
  6. May 24, 2018
    9
    Although a few songs can feel boring and the transphobic terms used, this is a splendid break-into-the-mainstream album, since it's both sassyAlthough a few songs can feel boring and the transphobic terms used, this is a splendid break-into-the-mainstream album, since it's both sassy and vulnerable, it claims respect for women, black people and the LGBT but also invites you to dance. Expand
  7. May 29, 2018
    0
    Very dumbed down and/or irritating sloganeering dominates, and the melodies/arrangements are shamelessly derivative. 'ArchAndroid' offered aVery dumbed down and/or irritating sloganeering dominates, and the melodies/arrangements are shamelessly derivative. 'ArchAndroid' offered a lot more, this seems an exercise in trying to appeal to the LCD wherever possible. Expand

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