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Lady Gaga Artpop Review

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CoverI love me a good Lady Gaga song or even an album. Her last album, Born This Way, was a great album that was stuck in the CD player of my car for a very long time. I was excited to see that Gaga was releasing another album, Artpop. The first single, Applause, wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t like it at all. I thought it was just a corny, stupid song with a well-produced beat and nothing more. Then the song began growing on me. After multiple plays on the radio I started to like it. However, despite my liking of Applause, the entire album of Artpop is a major disappointment and an utter failure on Gaga’s end.

 

I don’t know how to tackle this review fairly since I have so much disdain for the project. I see where she was trying to go with the project, an Italian Renaissance-inspired form of music. She was on the right track. Each song, mainly the first four songs, ooze Italian Renaissance and Greek/Roman mythology to the point where it becomes a concept. The cover alludes to the infamous Venus painting by Botticelli. But Artpop doesn’t feel natural; the concept of the album feels contrived.

Jewels n’ Drugs, a song which features Twista, T.I., and Too $hort, has the headbanging, turn-the-bass-up-loud-in-my-car tempo and for the most part the song works. Manicure feels like song cut from Born This Way. By far the best song on the album is Do What U Want with R. Kelly. The song clicks and just works on every level. Say what you want about R. Kelly (purely coincidental) but he is a fantastic singer. Pairing him up with Lady Gaga is just the right amount of weird between the two as Gaga is as eccentric as a character from Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet series.

Every song after Do What U Want is just stale and flat. The beats on every song are something that leaked from an unwanted 1999 techno album. I don’t like it. However, Gaga has showed us in the past that she could sing her heart out and I very well believe she’s one of the better singers out now. However, this isn’t the right project for her to do.

 

I mentioned Applause before and how it had to grow on me. It’s the very last track on the standard edition, making it a self-congratulatory cheer instead of a song about empowerment. Simply put, Applause is her congratulating herself about how much of a wonderful album she put together. That took me out of the album and made me not like it even more. The song would work if the album, as a whole, is fantastic. However, Artpop is nothing more than the sum of its parts.


Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.