Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer” is a Presence Day “Dirty Mind” Prince Album
When a person takes off as much time as Janelle Monae takes off to make a album her fans already know that it is going to be good. She takes a lot of time to write her own songs, and her creative process is something always makes it a joy to hear a new release from her.
“Dirty Computer”” may not be the equivalent of the Prince “Dirty Mind” album, but Janelle Monae is definitely reaching back to the influence of the masterful artistry of Prince. She is something of a visionary when it comes to creating music that is funky and thought-provoking at the same time. This is something that few artists are able to do when it comes to creating new music, but for Janelle Monae this type of music seems like a natural flow for her.
Janelle Monae has incorporated other songwriters like Pharrell and Julia Michaels in her album, but she is clearly the one that is running the show. She co-writes everything, and all the visions for the videos that come together to make one short film are all inspired by Janelle Monae.
The music on this album is something that tends to be a futuristic blend of influences from the past as well as a visionary sound from a variety of melodies that are bass heavy. Guitars are present in some places while low beating drums are part of the other sounds from Janelle Monae.
People are somewhat amazed by the wide range of topics that fit into an album so well. It all sounds cohesive for her. None of this seems out of place or forced even though she covers a wide range of topics during this album. For Janelle Monae it is all about taking creative control and creating a concept album.