Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2013 Ratings: #36 / 953
Year End Rank: #21
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Based on 347 ratings
2013 Ratings: #23
September 10, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
The 405

The Electric Lady features so many different styles yet each one is done near perfectly. Moving between genres is seamless and each track is so full of character as a result of this diversity, the exemplary arrangements and, of course, Monáe herself leading the way.

92
Sputnikmusic

The Electric Lady is also a dazzling artistic statement, a fiendlishly clever album that oozes enough feminine charm, wit and charisma to endow dozens of regular pop starlets with.

91
Paste

What could be unwieldy becomes a vast patchwork of influences buoying empowerment.

90
PopMatters

This is smart, intelligent, thought-provoking music. And it will make you want to dance.

90
No Ripcord

Janelle Monáe has not simply lived up to our expectations here; she has shattered them, delivering a confident, creative, and enormously entertaining record that marginally betters her sublime debut.

90
The Line of Best Fit

All in all, it is one of the most exceptionally realised albums to enter the world since her last release, and confirms that both as an artist and a role-model Monáe really ought to be celebrated as Electric Lady number one.

83
Pitchfork

Taken as a whole, The Electric Lady is a convincing argument for the virtues of micromanagement, but some of the most powerful, tender moments come from acknowledging  limits.

83
A.V. Club

The songs themselves are undeniably empowering without being especially overt or sloganeering about it; where Beyoncé claims that girls run the world, Monáe has gone ahead and created her own world, one with her own rules.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

Janelle Monáe thankfully narrows her sonic scope on The Electric Lady, her equally epic and frequently wonderful second album.

80
musicOMH

The album is admirably steeped in pop music history without seeming derivative and where The Electric Lady triumphs is in its ability to connect with the listener. 

80
Consequence of Sound

It’s a very large world, but one stocked with charming character, tasty pop, and enlightening lyricism that shines like an electric heart through the android framework.

80
FACT Magazine

Each homage is perfectly realised, and for an artist whose conceptualism has been decried as having a distancing effect, Monáe has visceral passion and crackling emotional immediacy to burn.

80
HipHopDX

Monae transcends what we’ve come to see and hear from current Pop stars.

80
The Fly

It’s a rare treat to feel so included by an album, and even more so for an artist to work so hard on achieving that inclusion. This isn’t her masterpiece (that’s to come in the sixth and seventh suites), but it’s only a sliver away.

70
Spin

It is possible to love The Electric Lady, even if deep listening may be required to seal the deal. She certainly works hard for our devotion.

FearFlour
90
Relistened. Holy shit this is way better than I remember. Might be a masterpiece.

P.S.: If your pussy/bussy doesn't pop all the way to the fucking ozone layer at 3:27 on Ghetto Woman, then you're not human. Sorry about the bad news.
itsyahboinoah
78
Not as grand or awe-inspiring as her previous Lp, but this is just as fun and definitely a bop.
CxAylward
61
I must be the only person who thinks this is decidedly average
EntryIncomplete
82
Three years after dropping The Archandroid, Janelle returns with The Electric Lady. A great record that follows in the same vein as her previous release. The themes and grandour, the organic changes in instrumentation from genre to genre, and the fantastic vocal performances from the lady herself are all still here.
However, this record feels a bit more messy and unfocused. Certain songs could have been cut, especially the interludes throughout, who doesn't really add anything to the narrative ... read more
amygoodall
75
good
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MISC LISTS

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Track List

  1. Suite IV: Electric Overture
  2. Givin Em What They Love [ft. Prince]
  3. Q.U.E.E.N. [ft. Erykah Badu]
  4. Electric Lady [ft. Solange]
  5. Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
  6. PrimeTime [ft. Miguel]
  7. We Were Rock and Roll
  8. The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)
  9. Dance Apocalyptic
  10. Look Into My Eyes
  11. Suite V: Electric Overture
  12. It's Code
  13. Ghetto Woman
  14. Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)
  15. Victory
  16. Can’t Live Without Your Love
  17. Sally Ride
  18. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes [ft. Esperanza Spalding]
  19. What an Experience
  20. Q.U.E.E.N. [feat. Erykah Badu] [Wondamix] (Bonus)
  21. Electric Lady [feat. Big Boi and Cee-Lo Green] [Dungeon-Wondamix] (Bonus)
  22. HYTB (Bonus)
  23. I Want You Back (Bonus)
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