Artist: Janelle Monae
Album: The Electric Lady
Genre: R&B, neo-soul
Rating: 4/5 stars
Favorites: "PrimeTime", "Can’t Live Without Your Love" "Dance Apocalyptic".
Least Favorites: Pretty much all the interludes, “We Were Rock and Roll”, “It’s Code”, “Sally Ride”.
Janelle Monae has all the necessary elements to become the next big thing; she’s an amazing vocalist, dancer, and performer, and she has six Grammy nominations under her belt since her career kicked off in 2006. With that said, I’m one thousand percent sure The Electric Lady will earn an “Album of the Year” nomination (and win) at next year’s ceremony.
Let me just say that I have never had a more satisfying listening experience with an album since listening to Bjork’s “Homogenic” for the first time last year. Monae is an artist that has caught my eye for some time now, but I’ve never really bothered to sit down and listen to an entire album of hers until yesterday evening, and I certainly did not regret it.
I’m usually not too crazy about today’s R&B, but I actually thoroughly enjoyed The Electric Lady. Teaming up with heavy-hitters like Prince, Erykah Badu, and Esperanza Spaulding, Monae managed to put together an array of tunes that vary from funky 70s’ Soul-Train-esque ditties (“Q.U.E.E.N.”, “Electric Lady”, “Dance Apocalyptic”) to the kind of songs that are heavily referred to now as “baby-making music” (“PrimeTime”, “Can’t Live Without Your Love”, “Dorothy Dandrige Eyes”). Not to mention the flawless song-to-song transition that’s done badly on some albums
cough, Mary J. Blige cough cough.
Even if you aren’t a fan of her, I can assure you that one run-through of this record alone will have you nodding your head, tapping your feet, and asking for more. The Electric Lady will take you to the Moon and back, and it is not only the finest R&B album of 2013, but the best overall record of the year, and I highly recommend that you check it out.