Janelle Monáe The Electric Lady

The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe

Released on September 10, 2013 by Bad Boy - Wondaland

Main artist: Janelle Monáe

Genre: R&B/Soul > R&B

Distinctions: Pitchfork: Best New Music (September 2013)

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Album : 1 disk - 19 tracks Total length : 01:07:31

  1. 1 Suite IV Electric Overture

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Grace Shim, Cello - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Arranger, Associate Producer, Arrangement Horn, Recorded by, Strings - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, Strings, FeaturedArtist - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Roman GianArthur Anthony, Drums, Guitar, Piano Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  2. 2 Givin Em What They Love (feat. Prince)

    Hornz Unlimited, Arrangement Horn - Prince, Contributor, FeaturedArtist - Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Kebbi Williams, Tenor Saxophone - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Arranger, Executive Producer - Grace Shim, Cello - Kellindo Parker, Rhythm Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer - Lance Powlis, Additional Trumpet - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, Strings - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger, Drums, Additional Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Arrangement Horn, Strings - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Percussion - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - HIDDENCOLORS1&TWO, Contributor, Additional Guitar - Jason P. Freeman, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Jerry E. Freeman, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Terrence L. Brown, Organ - Terrance L. Brown, Composer - Christopher Burns, Trombone Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  3. 3 Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu)

    Janelle Monáe, Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Neal Pogue, Mixer - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Arranger - Grace Shim, Cello - Kellindo Parker, Rhythm Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Drums, Additional Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Arrangement Horn, Recorded by, Strings - Roman GianArthur, Bass Guitar, Additional Organ, Percussion, Additional Producer, Recorded by - Erykah Badu, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alvern Emmanuel, Assistant Mix Engineer - Kenneth Richmond, Assistant Mix Engineer - Lance Powlis, Trumpet, Arrangement Horn - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, String Orchestra - Wonder & Lightning, Producer - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - DJ Cutmaster Swiff, Additional Scratching, Cuts by - Terrance Brown, Wurlitzer - Kellis Parker Jr., Composer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  4. 4 Electric Lady (feat. Solange)

    Hornz Unlimited, Arrangement Horn - Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Solange, FeaturedArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Kebbi Williams, Tenor Saxophone - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Solange Knowles, Background Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Lightning, Arranger, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Associate Producer, Co-Producer, Background Vocals, Recorded by, FeaturedArtist - Lance Powlis, Trumpet - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger, Drums, Additional Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Arrangement Horn, Background Vocals - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Jason P. Freeman, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Jerry E. Freeman, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Terrence L. Brown, Piano - Jeremiah "JHop" Olvera, Assistant Mix Engineer - Christopher Burns, Trombone - The Skunks, Background Vocals Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  5. 5 Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)

    Chris Carmouche, Mixer - Janelle Monáe, MainArtist - Chuck Lightning, Writer - Roman GianArthur, Recorded by - Charlie Darker, Vocals - Mia Nunnally, Vocals - Ninjaback Leroy, Vocals Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  6. 6 Primetime (feat. Miguel)

    Miguel, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, FeaturedArtist - Miguel Pimentel, Composer - Janelle Monáe, Co-Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Neal Pogue, Mixer - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Co-Producer - Grace Shim, Cello - Kellindo Parker, Lead Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Bass Guitar, Recorded by, Strings - Roman GianArthur, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Additional Organ, Piano, Additional Producer, Recorded by, Clavinet - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, String Orchestra - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Producer, Arranger - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  7. 7 We Were Rock & Roll

    Rafael Pereira, Percussion - Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Grace Shim, Cello - Kellindo Parker, Solo Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer, Recorded by - YoungPete Alexander, Drums - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, Strings - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger, Drums, Glockenspiel, Organ, Percussion, Background Vocals, Strings - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Terrence L. Brown, Piano - Brandon Gilliard, Bass Guitar - Kellis Parker Jr, Composer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  8. 8 The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude)

    Chris Carmouche, Mixer - Janelle Monáe, MainArtist - Chuck Lightning, Composer - Roman GianArthur, Vocals, Recorded by - Charlie Darker, Vocals - Azza Gallab, Vocals - George 2.0, Vocals - Isis Valentino, Vocals Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  9. 9 Dance Apocalyptic

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Arranger, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Guitar, Ukulele - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Additional Organ, Associate Producer - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger, Drums, Additional Guitar, Bass Guitar, Organ, Percussion - DJ Cutmaster Swiff, Scratching, Cuts by - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Terrence L. Brown, Organ - Jeremiah "JHop" Olvera, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  10. 10 Look Into My Eyes

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Grace Shim, Cello - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, Strings - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Arrangement Horn, Background Vocals, Strings, Wurlitzer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Terrance L. Brown, Composer - Dr. Nathaniel Irvin II, Guitar - Trethan Yelurvin, Horn Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  11. 11 Suite V Electric Overture

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  12. 12 It's Code

    Janelle Monáe, Co-Producer, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Co-Producer, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Rhythm Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Arranger, Glockenspiel, Associate Producer, Background Vocals, Recorded by - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Producer, Drums, Flute, Bass Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Moog, Wurlitzer - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  13. 13 Ghetto Woman

    Rafael Pereira, Percussion - Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Solo Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Fender Rhodes Keyboards, Recorded by, Synthesizer, Moog - Trombone Shorty, Trombone - Lance Powlis, Trumpet - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger, Drums, Piano, Background Vocals, Fender Rhodes Keyboards, Recorded by, Bass, Moog - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Terrence L. Brown, Wurlitzer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  14. 14 Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)

    Chris Carmouche, Mixer - Janelle Monáe, MainArtist - Chuck Lightning, Composer - Roman GianArthur, Recorded by - Charlie Darker, Vocals - Joshua Newbright, Vocals - Lacey Duke, Vocals Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  15. 15 Victory

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer - Kellis Parker Jr., Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  16. 16 Can't Live Without Your Love

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Alexander Page, Viola, Violin - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Grace Shim, Cello - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer, Lead Guitar, Arrangement Horn, Recorded by - Marcus Lewis, Trombone - Lance Powlis, Trumpet - The Wondaland ArchOrchestra, Strings - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Composer, Arranger, Drums, Bass Guitar, Piano, Arrangement Horn, Background Vocals, Strings, Moog, Wurlitzer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Darryl Reeves, Tenor Saxophone Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  17. 17 Sally Ride

    Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer - Roman GianArthur, Associate Producer, Background Vocals - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Arranger, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Mellotron - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Kellis Parker, Jr, Composer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  18. 18 Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (feat. Esperanza Spalding)

    Janelle Monáe, Co-Producer, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Recorded by, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Esperanza Spalding, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chuck Lightning, Co-Producer, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Solo Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Associate Producer, Fender Rhodes Keyboards, Recorded by, Moog - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Producer, Arranger - Roman GianArthur Irvin, Composer - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Shaan Singh, Assistant Mix Engineer Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

  19. 19 What An Experience

    Hornz Unlimited, Arrangement Horn - Janelle Monáe, Executive Producer, Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, MainArtist - Charles Joseph II, Composer - Janelle Monáe Robinson, Composer - Nathaniel Irvin III, Composer - Kebbi Williams, Tenor Saxophone - Vernon Mungo, Pro Tools Editing - Sean "Diddy" Combs, Executive Producer - Chuck Lightning, Executive Producer - Kellindo Parker, Electric Guitar - Larry Anthony, Masterer - Nate Wonder, Executive Producer, Recorded by - Roman GianArthur, Guitar, Associate Producer, Recorded by - Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Composer, Arranger, Drums, Additional Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals - Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, Producer - Mitch 'Mitchowski' Martin, Associate Producer - NealHPogue, Mixer - Randy Warnken, Assistant Mix Engineer - Jason P. Freeman, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Jerry E. Freeman, Flugelhorn, Trumpet - Terrence L. Brown, Organ - Christopher Burns, Trombone Copyright : 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC. Manufactured and Distributed by Atlantic Recording Corporation, A Warner Music Group Company. 2013 Bad Boy Records, LLC.

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Prince, Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Solange, and Miguel contribute to the fourth and fifth Metropolis suites, but it's not as if Janelle Monáe and her Wondaland associates were short on creative energy. Equally as detailed and as entertaining as The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady likewise is a product of overactive imaginations and detailed concept engineering, and it also plays out like a sci-fi opera-slash-variety program with style and era-hopping galore. Suite four is the album's busier and more ostentatious half, more star-studded and less focused, highlighted by the bopping "Dance Apocalyptic" and the strutting Badu duet "Q.U.E.E.N." Suite five is considerably stronger with a handful of firmly R&B-rooted gems. The inspiration for its overture is noted in the liners as "Stevie Wonder listening to Os Mutantes on vinyl (circa 1973)," but shades of Stevie's '70s work are heard later in more obvious ways. "Ghetto Woman" is impeccably layered soul-funk, fluid and robust at once, with chunky percussion and synthesizer lines bounding about as Monáe delivers a performance as proud and as powerful as Stevie's "Black Man." It contains an autobiographical 30-second verse that is probably swift and dense enough to make early supporter Big Boi beam with pride. The enraptured liquid glide of "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes," featuring Spalding, recalls "I Can't Help It," co-written by Stevie for Michael Jackson's Off the Wall. Earlier, on "It's Code," Monáe channels the yearning Jackson 5-era MJ. "Can't Live Without Your Love," presumably a paean to human love interest Anthony Greendown has Monáe -- or Cindi Mayweather, aka Electric Lady Number One -- yearning like never before. The album is sure to astound Monáe's sci-fi/theater-geek following. Its second half cannot be denied by those who simply value creative R&B that owes to the past and sounds fresh. Anyone can appreciate the phenomenal interludes, which are close to 3 Feet High and Rising level. Power-up to the Droid Rebel Alliance and the Get-Free Crew indeed. ~ Andy Kellman

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