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Electric Lady (2013)

Artist: Janelle Monae
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Format: CD
Sku: 252624740
UPC: 075678684050
UPC 14: 00075678684050
Release Date: 9/10/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Suite IV: Electric Overture
2. Givin' 'Em What They Love ~ (featuring Prince)
3. Q.U.E.E.N. ~ (featuring Erykah Badu)
4. Electric Lady
5. Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
6. Primetime ~ (featuring Miguel)
7. We Were Rock & Roll
8. Chrome Shoppe, The (Interlude)
9. Dance Apocalyptic
10. Look Into My Eyes
11. Suite V: Electric Overture
12. It's Code
13. Ghetto Woman
14. Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)
15. Victory
16. Can't Live Without Your Love
17. Sally Ride
18. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes ~ (featuring Esperanza Spalding)
19. What an Experience

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, and Miguel contribute to the fourth and fifth Metropolis suites, but it's not as if Janelle Mon e and her Wondaland associates were short on creative energy. Equally as detailed and as entertaining as The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady likewise is a product of overactive imaginations and detailed concept engineering, and it also plays out like a sci-fi opera-slash-variety program with style and era-hopping galore. Suite four is the album's busier and more ostentatious half, more star-studded and less focused, highlighted by the bopping "Dance Apocalyptic" and the strutting Badu duet "Q.U.E.E.N." Suite five is considerably stronger with a handful of firmly R&B-rooted gems. The inspiration for its overture is noted in the liners as "Stevie Wonder listening to Os Mutantes on vinyl (circa 1973)," but shades of Stevie's '70s work are heard later in more obvious ways. "Ghetto Woman" is impeccably layered soul-funk, fluid and robust at once, with chunky percussion and synthesizer lines bounding about as Mon e delivers a performance as proud and as powerful as Stevie's "Black Man." It contains an autobiographical 30-second verse that is probably swift and dense enough to make early supporter Big Boi beam with pride. The enraptured liquid glide of "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes," featuring Spalding, recalls "I Can't Help It," co-written by Stevie for Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. Earlier, on "It's Code," Mon e channels the yearning Jackson 5-era MJ. "Can't Live Without Your Love," presumably a paean to human love interest Anthony Greendown has Mon e -- or Cindi Mayweather, aka Electric Lady Number One -- yearning like never before. The album is sure to astound Mon e's sci-fi/theater-geek following. Its second half cannot be denied by those who simply value creative R&B that owes to the past and sounds fresh. Anyone can appreciate the phenomenal interludes, which are close to 3 Feet High and Rising level. Power-up to the Droid Rebel Alliance and the Get-Free Crew indeed. ~ Andy Kellman

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Prince
Muze Guest Artist Erykah Badu
Muze Guest Artist Miguel
Muze Guest Artist Esperanza Spalding

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Idlewild (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Idlewild
Muze Music Compilations B.o.B Presents:The Adventures Of Bobby Ray (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations For Colored Girls (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations All Of Me
Muze Music Compilations 2013 Grammy Nominees
Muze Music Compilations Rio 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Magic
Muze Music Compilations Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game
Muze Music Compilations Caustic Love
Muze Music Compilations Age Against The Machine
Muze Music Compilations Some Nights

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/09/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7567868405
Music Label Name Label : Bad Boy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075678684050

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.85)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Monae holds it together through sheer force of freakadelic will and a radical feminist's sense of self-exploration..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.69)
- "[S]he maintains her chill over skillet-hot tracks like the disco-rocking 'We Were Rock n' Roll'..."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are twists and surprises aplenty....THE ELECTRIC LADY is quite a trip."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Monae,Janelle
Product attributeLabel:   Bad Boy Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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