YMMV / Janelle MonŠe

  • Awesome Music:
    • The ArchAndroid in general. Especially Tightrope.
    • Babopbye Ya! must be heard to be believed. Holy god, it's amazing.
  • Broken Base: The song "Yoga", which she did with Jidenna. It's either a sexy, awesome song, or ridiculous and not up to her standards.
  • Critical Dissonance: Although she often gets rave reviews from critics, she's not particularly well known to the general public.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "T-t-t-tip on the Tightrope!"
    • "Take me back to Wondaland, I gotta get back to Wondaland..."
    • "FASTER and FASTER as you run..."
    • "This is a coooooooooooooooold war..."
    • "Babopbye Yaaaaaa-Ah!"
    • "Q.U.E.E.N."'s bassline is infectiously catchy.
    • "But I really really wanna thank you for dancing 'til the end, you found a way to break out..."
    • "Itís too late, youíre hypnotized, sheís got Dorothy Dandridge eyes..."
  • Epic Riff: "Mushrooms and Roses"; "Come Alive"; "Tightrope (The Wondamix)" (featuring B.O.B. and Lupe Fiasco)
  • Fan Community Nickname: "Fandroids."
  • Moe: How is she not cute? No, please explain.
  • Narm: Her line "You cannot police me, so get off my areola (Ola) (Ha!) Get off my areola (Ola, ola, ola)" from "Yoga".
  • Nightmare Fuel: ...And on the flip-side, we have the "Guards" from the video for Tightrope, tall, cloaked figures with mirrors for faces. The first time they show up, it almost looks like they're headless, with gaping holes at both ends of their hood, and generally everything about them is incredibly surreal and creepy. It's even more disturbing when you think of the implications; if you're looking straight at them, you'll see your face in their hood...
    • The video for "Dance Apocalyptic", which has a TV announcer break into the middle of the performance, talking about what is heavily implied to be the end of the world. During the segment, she's attacked by zombies, while the screen is distorted and keeps flashing in with images of strange puppets (including one with a giant eye for a head, and another half monkey/half human hybrid who laughs maliciously) before it jumps back to the Electric Lady performing. Then at the end of the video, four "Horsemen" ride in on their motorcycles, and the Lady gets on the back of Horseman #4's motorcycle while pumping her fist and urging the others on. There's a little bit or Fridge Horror when you start wondering if it was the Lady who started the apocalypse herself, and summoned the Horsemen to help out. Then you start wondering if the fact that she's dressed all in white makes her "Conquest" - "Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, 'Come.' I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer." (Revelation 6:1-2)
      • The distorted voice at the very end:
      "What's the matter? Your chicken taste like pork? You have triplets instead of twins? Does your food taste like plastic? Granddad, I think I wanna dance."
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The problems of discrimination, poverty, the stigmas and restrictions of social norms, and finding personal happiness above all else are timeless messages, the fact that they're delivered without any subtlety just makes the songs more powerful, take, for example, "Dear Mr. President" and the ending rap of Q.U.E.E.N.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Her discography is not only inspiring and positive, but very tender and soothing as well. This trope can be invoked as a bedtime playlist.
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