Electric Lady CD - Monae,Janelle (2013)

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She's done it again

on 12/17/2013

This cd shows that she is still true to her music. I love the guest musicians who were chosen. Read More

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Label BAD Boy Records/wea
SKU 252624740
UPC 075678684050
UPC 14 00075678684050
Format CD
Release Date 9/10/2013
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Author Janelle Monae
Compilation Appearance Idlewild (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Idlewild
Compilation Appearance B.o.B Presents:The Adventures Of Bobby Ray (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Some Nights
Compilation Appearance 2013 Grammy Nominees
Compilation Appearance Rio 2 (ost)
Compilation Appearance Pepsi Beats Of The Beautiful Game
Compilation Appearance All Of Me
Compilation Appearance For Colored Girls (Ost)
Compilation Appearance WONDALAND PRESENTS:EEPHUS(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Magic
Compilation Appearance Caustic Love
Technical Info
CatalogID 7567868405
Lable Name Bad Boy
Released 09/09/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
UPC 00075678684050
Musical Guests
Prince
Erykah Badu
Miguel
Esperanza Spalding
Album Notes and Credits
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
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) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "There are twists and surprises aplenty....THE ELECTRIC LADY is quite a trip."
Disc 1
1 Suite IV: Electric Overture
2 Givin' 'Em What They Love
3 Q.U.E.E.N.
4 Electric Lady
5 Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
6 Primetime
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
19 What an Experience
Product Attributes
Artist Monae,Janelle
Label Bad Boy Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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