Music review

Going gaga

After The Fame and Born This Way, Artpop is Lady Gaga’s third album. It does not deliver anything new. The album only mixes and matches (or mashes) a variety of genres, with Gaga delivering in a style, which has become synonymous with her. The first track of the album, “Aura” is a club-banger with inane lyrics for an intro (I killed my former and/ Left her in the trunk on highway 10/ Put the knife under the hood/ If you find it, send it straight to Hollywood).

“Jewels n’ Drugs”, featuring T I, Too Short and Twista, is a hip-hop track. “MANiCURE” (note the ‘man’ipulation of words) is a catchy electro-rock-pop beauty parlour song, in which Gaga invites someone for a manicure and a night out with cheeky lyrics.
Meanwhile, “Do What U Want” featuring R Kelly, has elements of R&B, in which Gaga compares letting the media talk about her any way they want to, giving explicit romantic consent. The title track “Artpop” is a mid-tempo, jazzy electro-pop number. “Swine” is swear-rock song directed toward a particularly piggish person (I know, I know, I know, I know you want me/ You’re just a pig inside a human body/ Squealer, squealer, squeal out, you’re so disgusting!).

“Donatella” is a fun pop song with electronic beats about being a fearless female and not caring what people say about you (obviously the character could be Gaga herself). “Fashion!” is a song about looking good, feeling fine and “on top of the world” (with perhaps her kind of idea of crazy fashion). “Dope” is the only ballad on the album. The closing song of this 15-track album is so telling about Gaga (I live for the applause, applause, applause/ Live for the way you cheer and scream for me/ The applause, applause, applause).

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