Nathan Phillips Square
June 22 2012
Still touring behind 2010's successful The Archandroid album, Janelle Monae's Toronto Jazz festival appearance was a colourful example in high spirited R&B. What's refreshing about Monae is she has a futuristic sci-fi storyline presented in her music but the live show borrows from vintage tours like the early James Brown Revue shows.
As was expected, the set list was mainly made up of material from The Archandroid ("Cold War", the unstoppable single "Tightrope etc...) with select covers like "Take Me With U" by Prince and The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" thrown in to mix things up a bit.
A real treat was the final encore where she debuted an excellent new song "Electric Lady" giving the fortunate crowd a preview of her upcoming new album due later in the year.
Robert Lawson 2012.
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