Janelle Monáe ‎– The ArchAndroid

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Tracklist

Suite II Overture 2:31
Dance Or Die 3:12
Faster 3:19
Locked Inside 4:16
Sir Greendown 2:14
Cold War 3:23
Tightrope 4:23
Neon Gumbo 1:37
Oh, Maker 3:47
Come Alive (The War Of The Roses) 3:22
Mushrooms & Roses 5:42
Suite III Overture 1:41
Neon Valley Street 4:11
Make The Bus 3:19
Wondaland 3:36
57821 3:16
Say You'll Go 6:01
BabopbyeYa 8:47

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
7567-89898-3 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567-89898-3 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
512256-2 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid (Suites II And III)(CD, Album, WM ) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 512256-2 US 2010 Sell This Version
7567-89898-3 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(18xFile, AAC, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567-89898-3 Europe 2010
7567876307 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567876307 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
2-512256 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Wondaland, Bad Boy Entertainment 2-512256 Canada 2010 Sell This Version
7567-89898-3 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567-89898-3 Brazil 2010 Sell This Version
4670001547482 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Никитин, Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 4670001547482 Russia 2010 Sell This Version
7567898983 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567898983 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
512256-2 / 7567-89898-3, 7567-89898-3 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland, Warner Music Argentina 512256-2 / 7567-89898-3, 7567-89898-3 Argentina 2010 Sell This Version
none Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid(CDr, Album, Promo) Bad Boy Entertainment none UK & Europe 2010 Sell This Version
512256-1 Janelle Monáe The Archandroid(2xLP, Album, Gat) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 512256-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
7567-89246-0 Janelle Monáe The Archandroid(2xLP, Album, Gat) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567-89246-0 Europe 2010 Sell This Version
512256-1 Janelle Monáe The Archandroid(2xLP, Album, TP) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 512256-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
7567876307 Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid: Tour Edition(2xCD, Album) Bad Boy Entertainment, Wondaland 7567876307 Australia 2012 Sell This Version

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dniro

dniro

January 20, 2021
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7567-89246-0
Mine came without the front sticker but with a back white sticker that says "Made in Germany". The sheet with the credits is also not included. Regarding the sound quality, the pressing is great and I have no complaints about the mastering, I guess they were looking for a certain lo-fi feel (specially on the voice or the high frequencies). Either way, much more dynamic than the CD or digital version.
Sandandr

Sandandr

January 16, 2021
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 512256-1
Seems like the new copies are of the later optimal pressed versions. My copy came with a made in germany sticker at the back
Shofo

Shofo

December 22, 2020
edited 2 months ago
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7567-89246-0
Agree with the previous comment. Quality of the pressing is very good, but the mastering is muddy. Particularly towards the end tracks on a side. Not much consideration given to the music when mastered. Soundstage is quite limited too. Would love this to get a serious do over. It's an immensely influential album that birthed a whole new era of R'N'B and paved the way for the likes of Kelela, SZA, Lizzo and more.
tommyrich97

tommyrich97

December 5, 2020
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 512256-1
Warner Music currently has this back in stock for $19.99.
brandosoul

brandosoul

October 19, 2020
edited 4 months ago
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 512256-1
Still one of the too-good-to-be-true, riveting, imaginative, and fully-realized debuts that pop music has seen in the last fifteen years or so. Mind you, there are several concept albums that have knocked me on my ass in recent years, but there's still something about this one that mesmerizes. Here is a rising pop talent emerging fully formed, with enough forward-thinking vision and virtuosic ambition artists twice her age don't tap into until the middle stage of their careers. She fearlessly ventures a range of styles and influences— from Tin Pan Alley, funk, hip-hop, afrobeat, dance-pop, and electro-pop to jazz, folk, soul, psychedelia, hard rock, swing, orchestral, ambient, and tons more—and weaves them around a rather compelling storyline that would serve as killer source material for a big-budget Hollywood musical epic about a messianic cyborg, Cindi Mayweather, dealing with the transgressions of a wretched futuristic dystopia, Metropolis, comparable to the United States of America. She is sent from Earth to free the citizens of this dystopia from years of being restricted of their humanity and freedom. There's also a love story intertwined in the heart of this kooky saga, where Cindi has the hots for another cyborg, Sir Greendown, but she must choose between saving her people from disillusionment, or getting lost in love. Camp, yet haunting, ain't it? Bless Janelle Monáe, forever.

(Note about the vinyl edition of this album: I can't get over how expensive and largely sought-after this has gotten on vinyl. The quality of my copy, an Optimal pressing, is pretty good for the most part. Aside from a few pops and clicks, the mastering is well-done, with balanced sound and less emphasis on the low end (compared to the CD, which is very dynamic, too.) My copy isn't plagued with warpage or defects that some have reported about this particular pressing. Plus, the campy grandeur of this album's art can only be fully enjoyed and appreciated on this format, with its nice gatefold.)
movceo

movceo

September 28, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 512256-1
I think there are two different pressings for the US release. The first one was done by United Record Pressing (as shown by the test pressing in the database). But I just purchased a new copy and while it has the US copyright info on the back cover, the vinyl is an EU pressing (by Optimal Media). This pressing sounds quite good - minimal surface noise, no warping - it's also very dynamic and crankable. The other reviewer may have the pressing done by URP, which would explain the poor quality.
daveholtz

daveholtz

March 19, 2018
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 7567-89246-0
Artwork is beautiful, but the mix leaves a lot to be desired...quite muddy.
Dreamwreker

Dreamwreker

February 15, 2016
referencing The Archandroid, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 512256-1

Does anybody feel the highs are rolled off on this LP album? After several listens on my stereo and with my headphones (GMP 8.35D) I realized that the the upper frequency spectrum is highly attenuated on some tracks.

I don't want to obsess about this but the audio quality of this pressing is quite low for a modern pressing: low audio level, lots of surface noise, warping.

I'll order the CD at some point to make a compassion, although given the theme of the album I think that they tried to give an overall "LO-FI" character. The dynamics are great though and from the CD I expect some more compression, which is not always desirable.
AmunJazz

AmunJazz

March 19, 2015
referencing The ArchAndroid, CD, Album, 7567-89898-3

A very unique album, that mixes Janelle Monae soul with many other genres in an almost flawless way.

10 of 10