Watch: Janelle Monáe gets up close and personal in “Cold War”

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Janelle Monáe is an attractive lady. I mention this only because her video for “Cold War” pretty much rides on this fact. It’s a close-up on her lipsyncing the song, the second single from The ArchAndroid. So hopefully you like her face; you’ll be seeing a lot of it.

“[The video] deals with a psychosis – you’re in my mind and you get a chance to understand Metropolis, where it all stemmed [from] and my thoughts,” she told Rap-Up.com in March. “It’s very psychedelic and trippy.”

Perhaps the recession caught up with her between then and now, because this low-budget clip is none of those things. It’s an intimate approach that should have been saved for a ballad. This isn’t D’Angelo. Such a high-energy track deserved a video to match (preferably featuring her shit-hot dance moves). See if you agree below, then catch her on tour with Of Montreal this fall.

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