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Lady Gaga’s 2nd album “Born This Way” gets released on May 23, 2011. She decided to stream the full album on-line today and as I predicted, this record is being passed around the net like a digital whore.
I am going to listen to the album and write my thoughts on the first listen. Please note: this is a stream of consciousness review.
“Marry The Night” – The track starts off slow and 45 seconds in, it’s a club thumper. Have to say, I am liking this song.
“Born This Way” – Surprisingly, I only listened to a tiny bit of it when the song was leaked a few weeks ago. I can totally see the “Express Yourself” by Madonna references. I do like the line “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen.” I think the song is ok and I am really glad I don’t associate too much in the mainstream (listening to the radio, going to clubs or watching the news) because I am sure I’d want to vomit with the amount of times they are probably playing the song.
“Government Hooker” – You gotta hand it to her, she works with producers who make catchy as hell tracks and this track is very catchy! I like the line “as long as I’m your hooker.” I am enjoying the notion of all kinds of kids singing “hooookah” to their parents (who will probably be too busy texting to notice).
“Judas” – Once again, a dance track, but I am not feeling this one. Sounds like a re-imagined version of “Bad Romance” to me.
“Americano” – Spanish Flamenco dance mix!
“Hair” – I’m impressed so far that Gaga is delivering a straight up Euro dance album. Weird that this formula has not worked in the US for Kylie Minogue, but this album will probably be a huge success. This is another club banger. Don’t think this one will win any lyric writing awards as she is talking about her hair color.
“ScheiBe” – It’s cute hearing Gaga speak German and yet another club track. I think this will fuel the fire that haters of Gaga will have another bit of ammo to call her “musical Hitler.”
“Bloody Mary” – Finally a mid-tempo track. However, it is very vanilla.
“Bad Kids” – Once again, the “Born this Way” theme which is present on almost every song is back. She’s calling herself all kinds of names and then forcing you to deal with it because she’s not going to change. The track is upbeat but not as clubby as the first half of the record.
“Highway Unicorn (Road 2 Love)” – The club anthem sound is back, but I am not feeling this track. Lyrics such “we can be strong” are repeated a lot. I’m starting to think that perhaps Gaga was ‘born this way.’
“Heavy Metal Lover” – Electro dance. Not heavy metal at all. Mediocre track. She makes the word “lover” (“luvah”) kind of sound like “Gaga”
“Electric Chapel” – Thought this was going to be heavy metal, but instead, it’s a light dance track.
“You and I” – Power ballad.
“The Edge of Glory” – The album finishes off with another dance track that would not be out of place on the first half of the album. I like this song too.
All in all, I don’t think the record is that bad. It’s certainly not a masterpiece by any strectch, but usually when artists are as overexposed as Gaga is currently, they deliver a career-killing piece of shit. I am sure that the haters will continue to hate and the Gaga fans will have a very fun album to enjoy and get down to. I am a bit over the preachy “I was born this way so deal with it” lyrics; however, since so many people are closed minded, at least someone with a loud voice is speaking up on behalf of the social misfits.
On the first listen, I give the album a B+. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t think I am going to listen to the record all that much. However, unlike pop sensations such as Katy Perry and Rihanna, who I don’t think have any talent, I don’t think my ears will bleed when songs from this album get played.
What’s your take?