MUSIC WORLD: My Quick Review of Janelle Monae’s “The Electric Lady”

Janelle Monae received early cosigns from Big Boi and is signed to Diddy, but she still hasn’t really translated to “mainstream” Black America. Her songs don’t usually get much urban radio play and there’s an entire subset of America that has no idea who she is, despite her Covergirl commercials. And maybe she likes it that way. Her new album is sure to change that, though. Check out my review of Janelle Monae‘s sophomore album, The Electric Lady.

Led by the infectious single “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring an almost audibly indivisible Erykah Badu and a rapping Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady is here for a good time and a message. Prince, Solange, Miguel, Esperanza Spalding, and the aforementioned Badu all make appearances. Considering the music styling of Janelle, this seems more than appropriate. Check the video to “Q.U.E.E.N.” below.

The Electric Lady is equally R&B and Rock. And by Rock, I mean the rock we’re used to getting from Prince. That digestible and feel-good rock backed by a live band, not fabricated sounds. And the result is an amazing collection of songs. Janelle croons on songs like “Primetime” and “It’s Code.” She screams and shouts in songs like “Givin’ Em What The Love” and “Sally Ride” And it all works. Check out “Primetime” below.

I wish the title track “Electric Lady” saw more of Solange in the song since she’s billed as a feature. Her gentle crooning and soft soprano would’ve played well with Janelle‘s voice. And maybe it did and that’s why their two voices are indecipherable. The other features fare well on this album as well. With each feature providing a standout on an already excellent album. Her voice shines in songs like “Victory” and “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.” And there’s something about “It’s Code” that makes me feel like I’m hearing a young Michael Jackson. It’s a well-done nod to The Jackson 5.

As a whole. I enjoy The Electric Lady. It has a feel good feel to hit, reminiscent of the Funk & B album Daft Punk recently released. To compare it, it almost a slight to Janelle Monae though. This album is more than an inspiration from the music of the past. It’s an interpretation and modernization of the music our parents played while we cleaned the house on Saturday mornings. There’s a disjointed feel to the project with odd interludes. But the creativity and quality of the project shouldn’t be overlooked.

Standout Tracks: Electric Lady, Primetime, Victory, Dorothy Dandridge Eyes



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Posted on September 10, 2013, in ALBUM REVIEWS, music, NEW MUSIC, videos and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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