Janelle Monáe Comes ‘Alive’


"Come Alive (War of the Roses)" is the newest single from music's most unique, pompadour-sporting cybergirl from outer space, Janelle Monáe, and when I say it goes hard it's an epic understatement. The track, recorded at Monáe's Wondaland recording studio for Kia's "The Soul Collective", is a dizzying, three-minute extravaganza. "Come Alive" is a White Stripes meets James Brown meets Janis Joplin meets Quentin Tarantino soundtrack rock-and-roll orgy; a well orchestrated temper tantrum over a menacing and snarky bassline. Monáe's voice is all haughty gasp, husky sass, and balls-out growls and wails. Around the 2:20 mark it hits a pitch and reverberation that can really only be described as reminiscent of the sickest Jimi Hendrix guitar lick. It's kind of incredible.

Janelle Monáe: "Come Alive (War of the Roses)"

This chick is a f*cking rock star. I dare you to listen to this track and not come alive (like a schizo running wild). Watch a video of Monáe at Wondaland recording "Come Alive" after the bounce.

Kia Motor's "The Soul Collecive" also includes graphic designer Jeff Staple, french filmmaking duo Jonas & Francois and co-owner Jeff Kalmikoff. Interesting mix of people. The ten-city tour promises to be a multimedia experience and will also include N.E.R.D and Clipse amongst others. Dope.

(Sidenote: With sponsorship deals from The Gap, Coca-Cola and Kia Motors along with inexplicably being signed to Bad Boy Records, is it safe to say that Monáe is the coolest sellout ever?*)

*I kid! She can do a commercial for pork rinds and I'd still be a stan.

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11 Responses

  1. she's like a super hero! able to leap genres in a single verse, faster than a morphing industry and stop a speeding p. diddy management deal from killing her soul.

  2. I was just wishing recently that JM would come out with some new music. I love it!

  3. KissMyBlackAds wins.

  4. Do a hear a little of B-52's "Rock Lobster" in there, coupled with some Stray Cats "Stray Cat Strut"? Just a smidge.

  5. this girl is INCREDIBLE!!! that's what i'm talking about. Originality

  6. I believe what I'm hearing overwhelmingly is a riff from the Violent Femmes' "Blister In The Sun." That song rocks, and this one is rocks just as hard.
    Love it.

  7. I just find her so affected and derivative.
    *ducks tomatoes*

  8. dang! janelle is turning into a beast! her energy is contagious.

  9. This song is sooooooo AWESOME! Like JM is a beast, do you hear her vox???? Crazy...she is amazing. I can't wait for the new album!!

  10. The masterful minds at Wondaland does it again....Awesome track. Love the sound,the energy, and especially the vocals. BTW...I do kinda hear some "Rock Lobster" in there, lmao.

  11. You can NOT tell me you listened to that song while standing/sitting still... i love this shit... Monae is really doing her thing... im ready for what ever is NEXT... like NOW