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"I Want You Back" (Jackson 5 Cover) - Janelle Monáe [SoundCloud Stream]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published September 18, 2013

As part of the deluxe version of her album Electric Lady that is being sold exclusively through Target, Janelle Monáe has covered the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back." While it won't follow the original as a staple on party playlists, Monáe's choice to render "I Want You Back" a softly-strummed dollop of sunshine pop was an unmistakably good idea.

Monáe's lead vocals are drenched in a sugary glaze of harmonies (courtesy of some stellar backup singers that give Jermaine Jackson a run for his money) that embellish her performance without stifling it. It's almost scary how well a grown woman mimics an eleven year-old Michael Jackson, but the only goosebumps we're getting from this "I Want You Back" cover are the good kind.

Stream Monáe's Electric Lady here, and order the deluxe edition from Target's website.

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