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With her second full-length album, Janelle Monáe continues the imaginative narrative of her futuristic alter-ego Cindi Mayweather. This storyline started on Monáe’s debut EP, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, and continued through the acclaimed 2010 full-length The ArchAndroid. The richly detailed tunes on The Electric Lady continue the story of Mayweather—a femme android superhero—through a funk-infused power struggle in the city of Metropolis. And even though Monáe’s concept is elaborate, hard-grooving tunes like “Q.U.E.E.N.” (feat. Erykah Badu), “Electric Lady” and “Dance Apocalyptic” are undeniably magnetic and stand on their own merits. Tracks like “We Were Rock ’n’ Roll” and “It’s Code” demonstrate Monáe’s gift for weaving influences of classic soul and exploratory funk (think Funkadelic and Nona Hendryx) with crisp neo-soul production and rock guitar flourishes. Prince makes a guest vocal on an album highlight—“Givin Em What They Love”—while reflective ballads like “PrimeTime” (feat. Miguel), “Can’t Live Without Your Love” and “What an Experience” feature some of Monáe’s most personal songwriting to date.

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Album of the year

She's done it again. She's delivered another masterpiece. Just when you thought it would be impossible for her to top The ArchAndroid, she goes and shocks your senses with another musical rollercoaster that feels like a religious experience every time you listen to it. I can't single out which songs are the "top tracks" as it's an album that is best savored by listening from beginning to end, and there are absolutely no weak songs (though my personal favorites are "Givin Em What They Love", "Electric Lady" and "We Were Rock N' Roll", just to name a few). If you're already a fan of hers and you enjoyed her previous works (Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) and The ArchAndroid), you will not be disappointed at all. She remains consistent in delivering nothing less than excellence without ever repeating herself. If you're new to her, she may or may not be an easy pill to swallow depending on your music tastes. She mixes rock, funk, pop, R&B, hip-hop, (and even occasionally jazz and classical) and presents a very unique sound out of these assortment of genres. If you're a cynic of contemporary pop music who longs for the days of innovative, boundary-pushing artists like David Bowie, Kate Bush and Prince, your faith will be restored with Janelle Monae. If you haven't expanded your musical horizons prior to Janelle, be prepared to have your mind blown. She might be a little bit hard to embrace at first, but you will end up loving her and she'll make you develop a taste for music that's outside the norm.

Album of the year

Her talent is still there, but the music isn't ''repeating itself''!! I love it so much

Another great album

Another amazing album from Janelle Monae, particularly the first 'disc'. This album has amazing dance tunes (Dance Apocalyptic), incredible funk (QUEEN), great R&B (PrimeTime) and the most awesome Prince song in years! Buy this!


Born: December 01, 1985 in Kansas City, KS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Growing up, Janelle Monáe (born Janelle Robinson) felt constrained by the limited resources offered to her in her greater Kansas City, Kansas home. When she finished high school, she moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with the intention of pursuing musical theater, but in 2004, after performing in a couple of off-Broadway shows and realizing there weren't roles available to her that she wanted, she moved to Atlanta to try her luck there. She soon joined a band and...
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The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Sep 10, 2013

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