Album Review: Janelle Monae “The Electric Lady”

Rosa Green, contributor

Janelle Monáe’s new album The Electric Lady makes me wiggle in my seat. It’s just so incredibly funky and fun.

If I’m having trouble starting my day, I put it on and dance crazily around my kitchen and sing along with “Givin Em What They Love,” her duet with Prince. “Tell your preacher and your teacher I come to give you what you love,” she sings. Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, and Miguel also make appearances on this varied and addictive album.

The Electric Lady serves as the fourth and fifth installments of Monae’s seven-part “Metropolis” concept series. The album veers away from previous themes of android discrimination and moves toward android love and party songs.

My only criticism is the boring faux radio clips interspersed among the songs. They aren’t funny or cute; they’re just irritating like a real radio host might be.

Janelle Monáe is just great and I’m excited to see where she takes us next.

Rating: 10 out of 12 cans of PBR!!!

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