Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Critic Score
Based on 38 reviews
2013 Ratings: #30 / 1074
Year End Rank: #23
User Score
Based on 601 ratings
2013 Ratings: #33
Liked by 20 people
September 10, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bad Boy/Universal / Label
R&B, Funk / Genres
www.jmonae.com / Website
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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.


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.


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

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.


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

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.


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.

Pretty Much Amazing

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

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.


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. 

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.


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

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.

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.


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.

☆☆☆☆ 1/2


This is also one of my all time favourite albums.

There are very few artists I've praised as much as I have Janelle Monáe. Her debut, "The ArchAndroid" has gone on to be my favourite album of all time, due to the emotional potency, the cinematic quality front to back, and the incomparable passion carrying every moment.

Easily one of the most inventive R&B albums ever. With that project alone, she's proven herself to be capable of melting ... read more
Suite IV: Electric Overture: 9/10
Givin Em What They Love: 9.5/10
Q.U.E.E.N.: 10/10
Electric Lady: 10/10
Good Morning Midnight (Interlude): 8.2/10
PrimeTime: 8.5/10
We Were Rock and Roll: 8.4/10
The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude): 8/10
Dance Apocalyptic: 9.8/10
Look Into My Eyes: 8/10
Suite V: Electric Overture: 8.2/10
It's Code: 8/10
Ghetto Woman: 9/10
Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude): 8.5/10
Victory: 8.7/10
Can’t Live Without Your Love: 8.9/10
Sally Ride: 8.2/10
Dorothy Dandridge Eyes: ... read more
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.
So far, she hasn't done anything to beat this album.
10/10 album cover.
Great vocal performances across the board from Monáe, but not as good as her other works.
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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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Added on: June 28, 2013