Lady Gaga: Applause
The pop world has been holding their breath in anticipation of Lady Gaga’s 1st single from the set-for-fall album “ARTPOP;” the wait is over (I don’t get why people were sweating bullets so hard; it’s only been 2 years since her last album, geez). Many are excited that “Applause” has the audio and theme feel of Gaga’s debut “The Fame,” but I’m personally not enthusiastic about this. “The Fame” had hardly any musical integrity and was lyrically mindless and superficial. Aside from seeming commentary on her critics and appreciation for her fans, “Applause” is like so. For this song to be the 1st taste of an album that’s supposed to be ground-breaking and symbolic, it certainly falls short. “Applause” is catchy, but it’s far from definitive and requiring a standing ovation. Listen to "Applause" here.
Katy Perry: Roar
“Roar” didn’t do much for me either. Although the lyrics are more inspiring with an “I’m no longer going to be a push-over” message, melodically, it’s very standard pop. So standard, that anyone, from a newbie to a veteran, could’ve recorded the song and it wouldn’t have made a difference. It’s surprising that such a generic song, stitched with plenty of overused platitudes (ex. “eye of the tiger,” “you’re gonna hear me roar”) was chosen not only as a 1st single, but for Perry, whose kind of formed her own unique sound and is recognized for her infectious and hard-hitting tunes. Disappointing day in pop for me. Hear "Roar" now.