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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 though 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 reflexive 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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If you love songs that'll make you dance, sing along, and actually make you think, Janelle Monáe's got you covered. Simply buy "The Electric Lady" and prepare your ears for one spectacularly soulful musical journey you won't soon forget. "Q.U.E.E.N." feat. Erykah Badu and "Dance Apocalyptic" are absolute must-listens alone, but seriously, the best thing you can do is purchase the entire record. For any big R&B fan, it'll be the best decision you've made all year. Just trust me on this one, okay?

My body is ready!

19 tracks for only $8.99 is crazy! This music is priceless!

You might as well already give it a 5

Everything Ms. Monae creates is absolutely 100% genuine and 100% quality. She is one of the few artists nowadays that has something to say. From the first two singles, I can already tell this album is going to be a home run. Btw, "The ArchAndroid" truly was a turning point in music, wether it was recognized popularly or not, and is what I consider one of the greatest albums ever made. Shine on Janelle, I can't wait to see you on your "Electric Lady" Tour in November!!!!


Born: December 1, 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, Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock, Soul
  • Released: Sep 10, 2013

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