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The Electric Lady
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The Electric Lady

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Author: Janelle Monáe
Publisher: Bad Boy Entertainment, 2013
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Book Type: Miscellaneous
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Robots/Androids
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Synopsis

The Electric Lady is the follow-up to Janelle Monáe's debut album The ArchAndroid (2010) and debut EP Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase) (2007), and consists of the fourth and fifth installments of her seven-part Metropolis concept series. Partly inspired by the 1927 film of the same name, the series involves the fictional tale of Cindi Mayweather, a messianic android sent back in time to free the citizens of Metropolis from The Great Divide, a secret society that uses time travel to suppress freedom and love.

At a moment when the term Afrofuturism can seem like an easy shorthand for all things black and imaginative, Electric Lady makes Afrofuturism less about androids and fantastic other worlds than about the unrealized futures we are living with now. If we are the beneficiaries of past struggle, Monae and the Wondaland artists insist that we are also the inheritors of some long-deferred dreams.

Monae's album title alone performs a black feminist coup by turning a glorified object into a glorious subject. Here the male fantasy theme park of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland becomes The Electric Lady, a female agent who not only claims a term ("lady") historically reserved for white women but also seizes the creative power that "electric" connotes. -- Emily J. Lordi, FeministWire

Track Listing:

Suite IV

  1. Suite IV Electric Overture - 1:37
  2. Givin' Em What They Love (featuring Prince) - 4:26
  3. Q.U.E.E.N. (featuring Erykah Badu) - 5:10
  4. Electric Lady (featuring Solange) - 5:08
  5. Good Morning Midnight (Interlude) - 1:22
  6. PrimeTime (featuring Miguel) - 4:40
  7. We Were Rock & Roll - 4:19
  8. The Chrome Shoppe (Interlude) - 1:10
  9. Dance Apocalyptic - 3:25
  10. Look into My Eyes - 2:18

Suite V

  1. Suite V Electric Overture - 2:20
  2. It's Code - 4:05
  3. Ghetto Woman - 4:46
  4. Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude) - 1:23
  5. Victory - 4:12
  6. Can't Live Without Your Love - 3:54
  7. Sally Ride - 4:08
  8. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (featuring Esperanza Spalding) - 4:15
  9. What an Experience - 4:57

Total length: 67.35


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