Electric Lady tells dramatic story of love and rebellion
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 01:09
Janelle Monae portrays a story of love and rebellion in her new album. It is an artistic revolution fusing the sounds of 70s funk, rock and jazz while maintaining a soulful yet more mature uniqueness that only she can accomplish. “The Electric Lady,” released on Sept. 10 highlights a more cultivated Monae as she blossoms into a reputable singer and songwriter boasting collaborations with music heavyweights like Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding.
The title song “Electric Lady,” featuring Beyonce Knowle’s younger sister Solange evokes feelings of empowerment and feminine dynamism.
The seditious song “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring neosoul veteran Erykah Badu is a testimony to Janelle Monae’s free-spirit and out spoken personality, questioning the general character and judgmental conviction of society as a whole.
Throughout the album Monae artistically berates the bigotry of people as a whole, while still serenading her listeners with lyrics of romance and relationships too real to fabricate. She further proves her versatility with a socially aware freestyle, poetically rebutting her critics, “categorize me I defy every label, and while you sellin’ dope we gon keep selling hope.” Monae is more than an artist, she uses her powerful voice to bring attention to what she believes in through melodies too beautiful to ignore.
“Her music is really honest I think that’s why it relate to it so well,” said UConn student Bryana Spencer.
Every song on the album seems to depict a different facet of Janelle Monae’s eclectic personality meshed together by animated interludes and voice-overs. Compared to her last album released almost three years ago, listeners will notice a more polished and refined Monae. Her voice was electric to begin with but this new album avows Monae’s voice as a sound comparable to the legendary voices of Aretha Franklin, Beyonce and Tina Marie.
Only the talented Monae can make an album with the ability to make you dance, cry, laugh and take over the world all at the same time. She refuses to humble herself for any pundit and stays true to her quirky hipster style while simultaneously branching out to different genres yet putting her own twist on the music.
Monae has a sound that is all her own and “The Electric Lady” truly embodies Monae as a singer, as a person and as a leader of a generation. Janelle Monae is the future of music and “The Electric Lady,” is only the spark to ignite a generation of young urban revolutionaries.