Janelle Monae Releases New Album, "The Age Of Pleasure"

The singer has officially entered her champagne sh*t era.

BYNoah Grant
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The rollout for Janelle Monae's album has been relentless over the last month or two. Last month, Monae introduced the album. The announcement was accompanied by a provocative music video for the song "Lipstick Lover," which depicted lesbian themes. The Age of Pleasure serves as Monae's first album release since Dirty Computer in 2018. Earlier this year, Monae also shared the opening track, "Float." Recently, she further teased the album with a trailer and a tracklist on her Instagram.

Yesterday, Janelle Monae shared the tracklist for the highly anticipated album. The title of the project aligns very closely with her recent artistic transformation, as fans have witnessed in the past few months. The unveiling of the tracklist provided another glimpse into the project. It revealed exciting collaborations with notable artists that would be included on the album. Among them is the legendary Grace Jones, along with Sister Nancy, Amaarae, Doechii, Nia Long, Ckay, Seun Kuti, and Egypt 80.

Monae Is On Her "Champagne Sh*t"

Janelle Monae adopted a nostalgic approach to promoting The Age of Pleasure. Yesterday, she unveiled a teaser trailer called Pleasure TV, which pays homage to MTV's Spring Break. The trailer features vintage-style footage reminiscent of the popular show. Hearing the album, it makes a lot of sense. The songs have an undeniably vintage feeling to them, from the heavily-featured brass to the funky mood throughout. "Champagne Shit" is definitely a standout. It's the perfect song to listen to in the dead of summer while you're going out with friends.

Fans have been eagerly anticipating the release of the album for years. Luckily for them, Monae has announced plans for a tour in support of the album. The Age Of Pleasure tour is slated to commence in the fall, and the dates were shared on Instagram along with provocative promotional images. In these photos, Monae is seen sporting shorts with her braids covering her breasts. They clearly drew inspiration from iconic figures like Jimi Hendrix and Björk. What do you think of The Age of Pleasure? Let us know in the comments!

Tracklist:

01. Float (ft. Seun Kuti and Egypt 80)
02. Champagne Shit
03. Black Sugar Beach
04. Phenomenal (ft. Doechii)
05. Haute
06. Ooh La La (ft. Grace Jones)
07. Lipstick Lover
08. The Rush (ft. Amaarae and Nia Long)
09. The French 75 (ft. Sister Nancy)
10. Water Slide
11. Know Better (ft. CKay)
12. Paid in Pleasure
13. Only Have Eyes 42
14. A Dry Red

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