Crisp N' Fresh: Janelle Monae Gives Us Face Value & Tears For 'Cold War'

Thursday, August 5, 2010


And the Janelle Monae Train just keeps on chugging with a surprise drop for the video of single, "Cold War". I have to say its about time Monae brings us a new single (because she could have a plethora of them off of The ArchAndroid), not because I'm sick of "Tightrope", but because it's time to see what else the saddled shoe salt shaker can do next in terms of visual appeal. Monae takes some cues from Erykah Badu, Phil Collins, and a tear stained Sinead O'Connor to deliver an up close and personal dialogue between viewer and self. It's a little daring to do a video of this accord, where all the emotion is coming just from facial expressions alone, but like the pro she is, Monae pulls it off beautifully. No gimmicks, no special effects, no fancy footwork, it's just Monae baring her soul for all to see to deliver a message that is poignant and crucial to the times.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the post. definitely an interesting concept for the video. i wanted to check out the erykah badu reference that you pointed out but youtube wouldnt let me see the video because i am in the "wrong country" :). could u pls tell me what erykah video it is you were talking about?

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