I know it feels like it’s been forever since Janelle Monáe released her album, The Electric Lady, but I am finally getting around to doing my review of the album.
I have been a fan of Janelle Monáe’s since her first CD, I have been following her journey to super-stardom, and I knew she was destined for greatness. The thing I like about Janelle is she didn’t have to strip down to nearly nothing or use her sexuality to get people to like her music. She is unique, creative, and innovative. She would have to be in order to get the stamp of approval from the Purple One AKA Prince. If you have followed Janelle since the beginning of her career your familiar with her alter ego, Cindi Mayweather.
Cindi is an android and I love speaking about the android because they are the new “other”. People are afraid of the other and I believe we’re going to live in a world with androids because of technology and the way it advances. The first album she was running because she had fallen in love with a human and she was being disassembled for that~Wikipedia
Janelle continues the story of Cindi Mayweather with, The Electric Lady, and she does not disappoint with the album. When I first listened to the album I will be honest and say that I wasn’t really feeling it, and this was because I felt that it sounded more commercial than her previous releases. Never one to make a knee jerk decision, I listened to the album a few more times, and I must say I began to like really enjoy it. The album opens with Suite IV Overture, which sets the tone for the album. The album then flows into the rock influenced, Givin Em What They Love, which features Prince. This song is one of my favorites on the album, and it doesn’t hurt that we get to hear Prince. Then Janelle hits us with another favorite of mine, Q.U.E.E.N, which feature Erykah Badu. As soon as I heard this song, I instantly fell in love with it! The visual for this song didn’t hurt either. Then the album flows into, Electric Lady, which features Solange. This song is fun and shows the girl power between and Janelle, and is surely to have you bobbing your head and singing along
The DJ Crash Crash interludes on the album fit right into the flow of the album, and I expect nothing less from Janelle. The album is very feature heavy in comparison to her previous works, but the features work! One unlikely feature that works out beautifully is steamy duet, Prime Time, which features Miguel. J & M’s vocals smolder on this sexy track, and needs to be on your Smash Playlist. I cannot be responsible for the hip rolling that occurs when this here song comes on! This song is a match made is music heaven, and that guitar just does something to my soul. The album is divided into Suites IV and V. The album switches gears when it goes into Suite V. Where Suite IV was more rock influenced and fast paced, suite V is more laid back and has a more socially conscious messages.
Suite V has many highlights, one being , Ghetto Woman, which reminds me of Stevie Wonder’s, Master Blaster(Jammin’) or Boogie On Reggae Woman. Another highlight of mine is, Dorothy Dandridge Eyes, features Esperanza Spalding. The song is an ode the greatness of Dorothy Dandridge. All in all, The Electric Lady is an awesome album. The album is very different from what is being played on the radio currently. That is what sets Janelle Monáe apart from her counterparts, she dares to be different, and surprisingly it works for her. I would have to say if you looking for creative, innovative, and music that is outside of the box, the album is definitely worth a listen.
Final Rating 3.5/5