The Electric Lady (LP)


Janelle Monáe

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Tuna, Hollywood 02/02/2014

This is one of those albums that you can listen to 5 times in a row and constantly pick up something new. It's infectious. It's catchy. It's a great effin record. Not to mention Ms. Monae does a song with Prince. No big deal.


09/09/2013

Janelle Monae's The Archandroid was a landmark R&B album, released in 2010 when Monae was only 24 years old and poising her to accept the baton from her predecessors. With The Electric Lady, she accepts entry into that pantheon of great soul artists, and even collaborates with several of them. Her duet with Prince, "Givin Em What They Love," is a raunchy bit of slow rolling rock 'n' roll that does the Purple One proud, with Monae giving a snarling, Karen O-like performance. She enlists Erykah Badu to collaborate on "Q.U.E.E.N.," for a jam that's both glitzy and soulful, unafraid of seeming both current and strange ("Is it peculiar that she twerk in the mirror? And am I weird to dance alone late at night?" Monae asks). But her duets fellow new guard members are equally thrilling, on the sassy title track with Solange, jazzy "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" with Esperanza Spaulding and showstopper "Primetime" with Miguel. The music is remarkable and unpredictable throughout, from the loungey outro to "We Were Rock N Roll" to the Flaming Lips synths and Brazilian jazz chords of "Ghetto Woman." And impressively, with all these big names, Monae remains the star, singing and rapping like the second coming of Lauryn Hill. On her own, her songs are no less striking, singing an uplifting hymn with "Victorious" and closing things out beautifully on the reggae-tinged "What An Experience." What an experience The Electric Lady is, indeed!



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Suite IV: Electric Overture
Janelle Monáe 01:37
2.
Givin' Em What They Love
Janelle Monáe , Prince 04:26
3.
Q.U.E.E.N.
Janelle Monáe , Erykah Badu 05:10
4.
Electric Lady
Janelle Monáe , Solange 05:08
5.
Good Morning Midnight
Janelle Monáe 01:22


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
PrimeTime
Janelle Monáe , Miguel 04:40
2.
We Were Rock N' Roll
Janelle Monáe 04:19
3.
The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)
Janelle Monáe 01:10
4.
Dance Apocalyptic
Janelle Monáe 03:25
5.
Look Into My Eyes
Janelle Monáe 02:18


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Suite V: Electric Overture
Janelle Monáe 02:20
2.
It's Code
Janelle Monáe 04:05
3.
Ghetto Woman
Janelle Monáe 04:46
4.
Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)
Janelle Monáe 01:23
5.
Victory
Janelle Monáe 04:12


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Can't Live Without Your Love
Janelle Monáe 03:54
2.
Sally Ride
Janelle Monáe 04:08
3.
Dorothy Dandridge Eyes
Janelle Monáe , Esperanza Spalding 04:15
4.
What An Experience
Janelle Monáe 04:57

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