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The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae
Released: Sep 2013
Label: Bad Boy/Wondaland
Title and Jimi references aside, Hendrix is more a spiritual father for the ATLien queen’s second album, which begins and ends breathtakingly, epically weird. She’s recruited other avant-soul strangelings for her android army, including Prince (clearly her other spiritual daddy). But like all iconoclasts, she’s best alone. The hand-jiving “Dance Apocalyptic” pushes reset, segueing into a second half submerged in avant-vintage, much of it thickly sliced 70s grooves so choice it’s clear this what she wanted to do the whole time. Run, don’t walk, to the ethereal exotica of “Look Into My Eyes.”
Rachel Devitt
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