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She’s been called “a different kind of diva” by Vogue Magazine and “a true visionary… one of the most important signings of my career” by Sean “Diddy” Combs. For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monáe, however, the impetus remains the same as it’s been since before her Grammy-nominated debut EP Metropolis, Suite I: ... Read more in Amazon's Janelle Monáe Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bad Boy
  • ASIN: B00DNDR29I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As she began the audacious task of following up on her acclaimed debut LP The ArchAndroid - an album that topped critic's lists in 2010 all over the world - she took along some trusty, brave companions: the original music producers of The ArchAndroid, Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Chuck Lightning of Wondaland Productions. And together they crafted a new strain of jamming music they called "ish." In the hip hop community, "ish" is a euphemism for the profane four-letter word for excrement, but as Monáe explains, they set out, like proverbial alchemists, to turn lesser substances into gold.

"This entire project was produced by Wonder & Lightning. We set out to make a soundtrack for the Obama era, something that spoke to the beautiful, majestic and revolutionary times that we're living in. The musical language we're speaking now is called ish. In the African-American community, we've been turning left-overs (like chitlins) and social depredation (like poverty) into delicacies and fine art for years. So we just set out to turn the rubbish all around us into something beautiful. Ish is the bowtie on the funk."

From the sound of The Electric Lady, ish is an urgent and dangerous form of dance music, rebel music that forces one to fight, jam, and fall in love. Like on The ArchAndroid, the sonic textures of the album are varied, and the past and present come together to explode and create a mind-blowing future for pop and soul music. For example, wondrous strings reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield and Bernard Herrmann orchestrations abound, Hendrixian guitar solos soar, Outkast-like raps float over punk rock riffs; defiant socially-conscious lyrics extol the virtues of soul-searching and fighting for change, while the funk simply melts your speakers: 808s boom and Prince-like synthesizers squiggle in your earhole, making it veritably impossible to just sit still.

Customer Reviews

I love the Electric side of it with the Guitar and vocals.
Britt Britt
It's amazing that someone can successfully do theme albums while still producing a grand variety of great music.
Doczilla
This album is one of my best purchases I've made so far this year!
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Madeline TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 10, 2013
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Janelle Monáe is hands down one of the most exciting and creative artists currently putting out music, and this latest album is a worthy addition to her repertoire. Slightly more focused on R&B than her last album, "Electric Lady" constitutes the fourth and fifth suites (of a proposed seven) of Monáe's epic saga of the world of Metropolis--the futuristic dystopian world of androids as seen through the eyes of rebel android (and Monáe alter ego) Cindi Mayweather. "Electric Lady" balances a thoughtful and probing social conscience with an uncontrollable toe tapping/body throbbing good time.

The sci-fi fantastical world of Metropolis full of androids and zombies is just beyond our reality, which allows Monáe the freedom to tackle heavy topics like gender, race, religion and sexuality in a different context without things getting too ponderous and exhaustive. While clearly relevant and important, Monáe grounds these discussions with a playfulness which has her pairing questions like "Say will your God accept me in my black and white" in the same song as "...You gotta testify because the booty don't lie" (from "Q.U.E.E.N."). Aside from her infectious energy and fantastic vocals-much of Monáe's brilliance comes from her ability to raise and discuss these issues without it seeming forced, pretentious or angry. She's a feminist, civil rights activist, opinionated and yet still approachable, danceable and fun. Which means her message actually gets through instead of your brain just shutting it all out.

Musically, this album is a bit less eclectic than "ArchAndroid", but still manages to run the gauntlet of funk, r&b, classical, psychedelic punk and jazz.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Garbageman on September 10, 2013
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I hate making comparisons when you're impacted enough by something to actually write a review. I think it's a cop-out, writing something that says "it sounds like ____" or "it reminds me of ____". We should have the creativity and intelligence to not refer to someone else when discussing an artist's work. But with this release by Janelle Monae, which blows me away even more than her first, I can't help but feel like those hippies felt in Woodstock when Sly and the Family Stone took the stage at 4:00 in the morning and shocked them out of their lysergic slumber, blowing every other band off the stage in the process. This album is like that moment, grabbing what remains of the music industry and fans and culture by the throat and forcing it to wake up and dance. We should feel lucky we're around to hear it.

I am enamored by this album. It is so all over the place that I can barely keep up with it, in a good way. And unlike sprawling albums by others, this one is thematic and forceful and palatable - like spending a few hours at the dessert bar and sampling everything you can. Highlights are "Ghetto Woman" (in all honesty, the greatest track I've heard by anyone in years, an astonishing piece), "We Were Rock and Roll" (like finding a long lost time capsule from Don Kirshner's Rock Concert wash up on the beach), and "Primetime" (which takes me back to so many places, for some reason, that it's like a 4-minute sin). But these are just the very best moments on an album that is challenging yet approachable, and creatively rich. She has established herself in just two albums as her own genre. That's no mean feat in an age where everything seems like it's been "done before". Maybe that's why we're grasping for comparisons - there really aren't any.

I saw Janelle Monae in 2011 and I was interested. But this is something much more. Every second of hype about Janelle Monae is backed up by everything you hear on this album, a sweet, funky, head-nodding ride.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on September 10, 2013
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I'm still trying to wrap my head around The ArchArndroid, but I wholeheartedly welcome Janelle Monae's return with The Electric Lady.

I don't usually listen to R&B, with the exception of early Motown, especially Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. The influence of both can be heard, especially that of Stevie Wonder. If he weren't still alive, I'd say she was channeling his spirit from the great beyond for some of the songs here, both in general tone and in attitude. It's fantastic.

Monae doesn't play by the usual rules. She's definitely not some empty shell the record companies throw out there to grab some quick money. She is the real deal. I love her high-concept approach, her use of science fiction, and the sheer variety found on her albums.

This definitely feels like the perfect next phase after the ArchAndroid, a worthy follow-up but it can stand on its own as well. The guest musicians add a lot of flavor, but it's Monae's show at all times. "Dance Apocalyptic" alone earns this album four stars from me. Altogether, and especially within the context of this bizarre, compelling, pretty much incomprehensible story she's telling, this is instantly a modern classic.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Angel Love on September 13, 2013
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KICKING myself because I was too fast on the draw and paid $8.99 for the MP3 when I could have brought the CD for $9.99 and got the MP3 for free (at least that was Amazon's special last night). It's been a lllooooonnnngggg time since I wanted a CD just so I could read the liner notes... This one makes you wanna read the liner notes! Makes you wanna know who played what instrument on what song, and who sang this or that note. Janelle is a Bad Chick..... period. Been loving this girl since Metropolis..... Arch Android was my theme album.... I expected her to DELIVER ON THIS and she did not disappoint. Problem is.... I'm stuck on the 1st 3 duets and CANNOT stop heavily rotating those 3 to enjoy the rest of the album..... My hands down faves are #1) Janelle and Prince, #2)Janelle and Solange, and #3) Janelle and Badu..... I love Janelle and Badu FOR REAL.... thought they would be number 1 for me, but Prince claims EVERY ounce of his space with her.... they are soooooo good together! When you hear Janelle one minute you're hearing a young Michael Jackson, next song you're hearing Marvin, next song it's Sly and the Family Stone, next song she sounds like Lauren Hill, or Stevie Wonder, then she had the nerve to throw the Beatles in there..... and EVERY song she ALWAYS sounds like Jimi Hendrix, at the same time you always "hear" JANELLE! Love the Overture's....she goes from Trouble Man to The Price is Right with the Overture's....continuing on that Cindi Mayweather chase! Power Up is hilarious!!! This is the most creatively artistic lady on the scene today besides Badu.... she needs to be making Lady Gaga money but ignorance does not compute (did I just mention both of their names in the same sentence?... blech and double blech!!!!) Loving what she does with Rock and Roll (same thought pattern as Mike's "Remember the Time"), Ghetto Woman (I hear you Stevie Wonder) and Sally Ride and Dorothy Dandridge Eyes.... Janelle is a Bad Chick.... buy this.... now.... today!
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