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on 12 September 2013
I have been looking forward to the release of The Electric Lady literally for the past few months. How would it compare to The ArchAndroid? Had I hyped up the genius of Janelle Monáe so much that this was never going to live up to my level of excitement?
I needn't have worried.
The Electric Lady manages to add to the mythology of Cyndi Mayweather and the world Monáe created with Suites 1-3 of this pop symphony, while also being filled with infectious melodies and meaningful lyrics. At 19 tracks and 67 minutes long it doesn't skimp on quantity, and the quality is as high as ever. Highlights include Givin Em What They Love (a sublime and sexy opening number featuring Prince, of all people), Q.U.E.E.N. (promoting self-acceptance in a much more glamorous and exciting way than anything by Lady Gaga - says a confirmed Gaga-fan), Electric Lady (so good it's contagious). In fact the only song I dislike on the album is Ghetto Woman - the vocal line is nice but the backing seems like a jumble. However, disliking one track out of nineteen is a pretty good ratio.
If you enjoyed The ArchAndroid, you'll enjoy this. If you enjoy soul, funk, pop, r&b, or - indeed - any kind of good music at all, you'll appreciate this.
To sum up: The Electric Lady is the best £6.49 I ever spent and, without doubt, the best album I've heard since The ArchAndroid, it is fantastic and I urge anyone to buy it.