Likes: Judas, Edge of Glory, You and I, Bloody Mary, Born this
Dislikes: Hair, Heavy Metal Lover
Overall: Not as catchy as “The
Fame,” but is much more artistically strong and worth the $.
Lady Gaga defied expectation and hardly duplicated her superficial and
easily-commercial debut album, “The Fame,” which is a bloody fantastic change. “The Fame” was catchy, but the lyrics were ridiculously superficial, the vocal arrangements didn’t compliment Gaga’s vocal ability, and the project ultimately undermined her talent. “Born This Way” does Gaga’s ability more justice and is artistically strong. The production is more complex, edgy and makes beautiful use of live instruments and choral voicing. Gaga brilliantly mixes mainstream dance pop with artistically respectable repertoire (ex. “The Queen” transitions from dance pop to a guitar ballad). The lyrical theme of the album addresses young misfit culture; lust, impulsivity, rebellion, self-esteem and the desire to be validated. With a consistent theme, it’s hard for the album to sound shallow; so much to the point that a song about a hookup (“Edge of Glory”) even sounds like a “live life to the fullest” inspirational. The only downside is that the songs aren’t as catchy as those on “The Fame.” I anticipate that her 3rd album will be absolutely perfect. “Born This Way” is solid. An album sampler is below.