The Electric Lady

  • Record Label: Bad Boy
  • Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 166 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 166
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  1. Sep 24, 2013
    5
    I never thought I would say it, but what a supreme disappointment! I thought The Archandroid was the most amazing record I had heard in years and I buy a lot of music. I was so pumped for the release of The Electric Lady, and while there are a few tracks I like, to me, it doesn't rise anywhere near the level of The Archandroid. Some tracks have a great sound, such as We Were Rick & Roll,I never thought I would say it, but what a supreme disappointment! I thought The Archandroid was the most amazing record I had heard in years and I buy a lot of music. I was so pumped for the release of The Electric Lady, and while there are a few tracks I like, to me, it doesn't rise anywhere near the level of The Archandroid. Some tracks have a great sound, such as We Were Rick & Roll, but I think most of the songs, lyrically speaking, are not so strong. I will forever be a Janelle Monae fan,. but it looks like I'll have to wait a few more years for her next great record. I'm glad many of you love it, but the magic is lost on me. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2013
    4
    'Meh' is about all I could muster after a first listen. I suppose it could grow on me but with regards to first impressions it falls laughably, pathetically short of her previous work on The ArchAndroid.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Mojo
    Nov 25, 2013
    60
    This time around, the radio programmers will be listening harder, but taken as a 68-minute whole, The Electric Lady is quite a trip. [Dec 2013, p.84]
  2. Oct 15, 2013
    80
    By Janelle Monae's lofty standards, this is still very good, but not quite as great as her previous offering.
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 11, 2013
    80
    It's a record of dizzying scope and Janelle Monae is a terrifying talent at the top of her game. [Nov 2013, p.112]