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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: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Apr 27, 2018
    100
    Taking stock of the dizzying array of touchstones on this record, this also the sound of an auteur hellbent on short circuiting all convention. ... Dirty Computer might just be the record that finally elevates her to pop’s highest echelons
  2. 100
    A record that will go down as a milestone not just as a work of art in its own right, but as the perfect celebration of queerness, female power, and self-worth.
  3. 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.
  4. Apr 28, 2018
    88
    It’s a rawer, less elaborate work than its predecessors, yet still hugely ambitious.
  5. May 3, 2018
    80
    Her ability to transcend her influences has always been song-to-song, and that’s true here, too. But it also feels like she is inching closer to a breakthrough: an album that fully lives up to her reputation and ambition.
  6. Apr 28, 2018
    80
    It is a juicy, genre-crossing pop record ripe with the funk, which somehow combines Beyoncé’s Lemonade and St Vincent’s Masseduction with lashings of Lauryn Hill.
  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: 72 out of 78
  2. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Apr 30, 2018
    10
    AMAZING! I Love this album. This is the album of the year! Dirty Computer is a masterpiece
  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 30, 2018
    10
    This is my album of the year. Best album I've listened to all year. The themes and messages on this album is amazing!
  4. Apr 28, 2018
    10
    A truly phenomenal album, the lyric-lovers will not be disapointed, and, above all, those looking for great music and true art will be delighted.
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    10
    This will definitely be remembered as a boundary-pushing audiovisual experience. Within an ambitious project, the songs follow a pattern whichThis will definitely be remembered as a boundary-pushing audiovisual experience. Within an ambitious project, the songs follow a pattern which brings us through a journey of self-discovery, fun, enjoying the simplicity of life and, more specifically, being a black woman in these times. Simple messages given through upbeat songs, raps, amusing rhymes all conceived by the brilliant creative mind of Janelle. Expand
  6. May 1, 2018
    9
    Like The ArchAndroid, a modern masterpiece. Whereas the ArchAndroid may be her most cohesive and steeped in creative metaphor, Dirty ComputerLike The ArchAndroid, a modern masterpiece. Whereas the ArchAndroid may be her most cohesive and steeped in creative metaphor, Dirty Computer is her most musically diverse and openly vulnerable. Both are strong in their own ways. Here, Monae adds a pure rap track in "Django Jane" and the quite pop "Pynk" to her repertoire, both of which she excels in. On the other hand, songs like "I Got The Juice" and "I Like That" are nice additions featuring the classic Monae sound.

    My only criticism would be that I wish the interludes "Jane's Dream" and "Stevie's Dream" were longer - I miss the sweeping orchestral suites from her previous albums.

    Overall, the album is an excellent addition to her discography, and well worth the wait.
    For those interested, the "emotion picture" is stunning as well, with an extended version of Pynk as a highlight.

    Fave Tracks: Django Jane, Pynk, I Like That, Take A Byte.
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  7. May 1, 2018
    0
    This is one of the most unlikable albums I've heard all year. Clearly pandering to critics, annoying lyrics, super pretentious writing,This is one of the most unlikable albums I've heard all year. Clearly pandering to critics, annoying lyrics, super pretentious writing, musically boring. Only good song on here was Make Me Feel, which incidentally has no relevance to the rest of the album because 1. It's just a fun song with no preachy message and 2. It's actually good. Expand

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