Janelle Monae gives a great leap forward after singing a duet “We Are Young” with Fun. The Electric Lady is a pleasing set of 19 tracks altogether. “Q.U.E.E.N” and “Dance Apocalyptic” were revealed before the release of this album on September 10, 2013. This is the second studio album recorded by Monae.
Janelle experiments with genres beyond conventional soul music and funk, such as pop punk, jazz, woozy, sensual vocal ballads as well as gospel. “The Electric Lady” features guest appearances by Prince, Solange, Esperanza Spalding, Erykah Badu and Miguel. “The Electric Lady” has received universal recognition from music critics.
This album has received an average score of 82 which is based on 32 album reviews. Meaning that “The Electric Lady” has aced it in all the places and is on a total hit. Some very able and recognized singers like The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis called this album “audacious, intrepid and brilliantly executed (album)”.
Jez Collins of Pop Matters gave a very positive and a consummate response regarding the lyrics and music of this album. This is a smart music which can make anybody dance.
The first half of “The Electric Lady” falls into the category of crowd- pleasure, dancing rhythm and impressive beat. The second half of the album has a dynamic beat and Janelle expresses depth and breadth of her musical influence.
It is more of an autobiographical half than the first one. Monae have listed down her inspirations for every song in her liner notes. One of her inspiration is Michael Jackson.
“Q.U.E.E.N” featuring Erykah Badu and “Givin ‘em What They Love” featuring Prince are shimmering and sharp duets. They have a classic and strong beat which can make anyone fall in love with these songs and make the listener listen to them again and again until he takes in all what these songs say.
While “Can’t Live without Your Love” is a slow and fretful song in which Janelle is depressed and need her man’s love badly. It is a mellower and a less consistent song which is influenced by Foreigner’s 80 power ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is”. Monae’s ballads are very tempting and beautiful with a magical affect in them.
In this Janelle Monae expresses feminism and idolizes the female subjects. Where Beyonce tells that girls run the world, Monae creates her own very world and rules by this album. This album might create a heavy challenge for R&B. Other singers also praise the work of Monae and they truly agree and acclaim her spirit and hard work.
Janelle Monae’s album is rated as number five on the billboard 200. This is a very positive and appreciable response from the media. This album is predicted to go way high and have a very good reply in return.
According to my opinion, this album is one of the best creations of Janelle Monae until now. The feet of listener squirm while the nose wrinkles as the beat affects him. Thus, this album has a very appreciable outcome.