Dancing to the End with Janelle Monáe

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

121d76c1This post is dedicated to two of my friends in SoFlo, who gave me an iTunes gift card because they love me so damn much! (Thanks guys, you’re gorgeous.) I used that card to buy Janelle Monáe’s most recent album, The Electric Lady, and an iPhone game that took over my life for most of today.  But I put the game on the back burner to tell you guys about how fantastic this album is.  It may be the most interesting album I’ve bought this year.  Okay, that could be an exaggeration, this year has brought me some great music; but still, Lady Gaga and Lorde are going to have competition to hold on to their places on my most played songs this month.

janelle-monae-erykah-badu-queen-650-430In the songs of The Electric Lady, Monáe continues the story of Cindy Mayweather, an android in the future that has been the focus of much of her music.  This time around fans of her sci-fi alter-ego storyline get tastes of the android struggle in interludes of a future-based radio talk show.  The three interludes are spread throughout the album introducing different songs with smooth transitions for Monáe’s shifting style of music.  There’s some great variety on this album from “Dance Apocalyptic,” a fun dance song, to “Look into My Eyes” which sounds like it could be the theme to a Bond movie.  If the story telling feature and a variety of song style isn’t enough for you, the album also boasts some very impressive collaborations including Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel, and Esperanza Spalding.  The Electric Lady is truly an impressive work of not just music but the creative abilities of Janelle Monáe as an artist and storyteller.

Keep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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