The Electric Lady (studio album) by Janelle Monáe

The Electric Lady
The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe
Year: 2013
Release date: 2013-09-06
Overall rank: 1,780th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 232 votes)
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Award Top albums of 2013 (40th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (291st)
Award Best albums of all time (1,780th)
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Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady - Suites IV and V (2013, 2-disc CD set)
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Janelle Monáe bestography

The Electric Lady is ranked 3rd best out of 4 albums by Janelle Monáe on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Janelle Monáe is The ArchAndroid which is ranked number 460 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,228.

Janelle Monáe album bestography « Higher ranked (1,086th) This album (1,780th) Lower ranked (11,007th) »
Dirty ComputerThe Electric LadyMetropolis: Suite I (The Chase)

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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.9/100, a mean average of 77.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.5.

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From 04/30/2018 10:38
37th best album of 2013? Ridiculous. This near-masterpiece from one of the decade's greatest musicians, Janelle Monae, is consistently excellent and full of tunes which are jam-packed with goodness. Like its predecessor, "The Electric Lady" bends genres to its will and creates something irresistibly funky that looks both backwards and forwards, perhaps even more so on "The Electric Lady" which feels less academic than "The ArchAndroid" and a lot more loose. It's an expansive, tremendous journey.
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From 11/19/2017 19:33
Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis notes that "[The] Electric Lady is at its best when it shakes free of its influences and ventures into more original, even iconoclastic territory: 'I'm tired of Marvin asking me what's goin' on,' she sings on Q.U.E.E.N., while the superb ballad 'Sally Ride' conflates the chorus of 'Mustang Sally' with the story of the U.S.'s first female astronaut, its dramatic orchestration battling with squealing distorted guitars." That's an apt summary of this album, which I think shows real verve and originality far more often than it feels derivative. In fact, I sort of reject the pejorative use of "derivative" when I'm evaluating new albums, since in a sense all music derives from somewhere, and I don't mind when artists wear their influences on their sleeve--or in the case of this album, try their best to move past them.
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From 08/28/2015 06:22
Solid album
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From 07/11/2015 21:27
Not quite at the level of ArchAndroid, but still a funky burst of creativity. Should rank higher.
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From 06/13/2015 09:13
She's just amazing and continues to be one of the best of her generation. This adds to a growing legacy.
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From 12/24/2013 03:04
Janelle Monae's back with an extension of her ArchAndroid, a continuation of that Metropolis-referencing concept album. "The Electric Lady" represents, combined with her debut EP and "ArchAndroid", suites iv and v of a planned 7-suite album series about an electric lady android in the not-so-distant future. Musically, it's also an extension of "ArchAndroid", with guest appearances from Solange Knowles, Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and 2012's best new artist grammy winner esperanza spalding. As overblown and contrived of a long-running concept as it is, Janelle mostly delivers, trailing off a bit in suite v, without the weird concepts overriding good songs (with the exception of those dopey skits), which is a testament to her songwriting skills as the best tracks include "dance apocalyptic", a song that could only work on this album by this artist.
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From 12/24/2013 02:36
One of the best of 2013. like with the ArchAndroid suite 5 takes some time. But once you give it time, it is just as good as the first half. Amazing Album
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From 11/17/2013 00:04
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From 10/14/2013 16:07
Kellindo Parker kills it on guitar on this album, really enhances an already very good album.
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From 10/14/2013 00:03
Worth the waith, no one is doing what Janelle today hip, soulful, sexy and amazingly original...
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