Oh, the perks of being in media and having good friends in even better places when it comes to the newest hottest everything! Lady Gaga is dropping her long-waited album Born This Way and the children, we “monsters,” are waiting on the edge of our eggs, I mean seats. However, fierce me and connected beyond my means, has gotten a sneaky-peeky with alien ears at full attention. Here’s what I think about what I’ve heard. The album is beat-driven with powerful messages throughout of individuality, lyrics telling that being “bad” is not necessarily a bad thing and will no doubt continue to create a stir with its religious overtones and in-your-face reality check through the Lady and her words. In no particular order, these tracks turned me out (or not) and why… (Warning: Spoiler Alerts Ensue)
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“Born This Way” … The first single released. I was a hard sell at first because I wanted it to blow me away. When we love an artist we have very high expectations. It was great but familiar. Not necessarily a bad thing. I do love “Born This Way” with its uniting and accepting lyrics, not to mention the fiercest lyric ever written, “Don’t be a drag. Just be a queen.” Fa-Fa-Fabulous! The remixes of “Born This Way” were a’plenty and mostly really good. It is THE anthem for LGBT and those who can relate.
“Judas” … Heavy on the religion with the intention of stirring those in the pews every Sunday. Initially I thought that it was a fun sounding sequel to “Bad Romance.” It’s incredibly similar. Sorry, but my blog-my opinion. Again the beat is driving and makes me want to walk a runway or dance by ass off whipping my imaginary hair back and forth. A keeper, for sure. The video helped distinguish. I never said I didn’t like it because I do worship “Bad Romance.” And I love Gaga. There I said it.
“The Edge Of Glory” … Not a favorite but don’t hate it. Don’t not-like anything on the album. A song has to grab me and keep me through the first chorus or I’m thinking of when it may end instead of enjoying it to the finale. The sax break is reminiscent of Rob Lowe in St. Elmo’s Fire.
“Marry The Night” … 4:24 of Up! Up! Up! Great track for the album to kick into ears and gears. The driving chorus rocks my world.
“Hair” … Pride in hair. Main message. Nothing to do with the 60s musical. Nothing. Lots of synth-guitars and more dish about having great hair or impressive hair. A middle-of-the-road liking.
“You and I” … LOVE this song. Lady Gaga performed it in her Monster Ball HBO special and I fell in love with it. Mid-tempo and soulful, this musical winner is already an all-time favorite. Guitars with her playing piano. I love her voice in this gem.
“Heavy Metal Lover” … FIERCE. “I want your whisky mouth all over my blonde south.” Gaga has a way with the wicked. Love this 80s Blondie-like feature and it is one of my favorites on the album. Would love to perform this somewhere else other than in my mind. Great song! Great! Thought it could easily be called “Heavy Mental Lover,” as well.
“Electric Chapel” … More determined guitar riffs and catchy hooks brought by the Lady. Reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder.
“Government Hooker” … Not sure of the point of this one. But it made the album so maybe it’s a grower. At first few listens, not so sure. Dance-inducing, perhaps.
“Americano” … A faster “Alejandro” maybe?! Again, not sure at first listens. I bounce my foot to the beat but similar to other pieces on album.
“Bad Kids” … Voice-box auto-tuned rebellion starts this off. Being bad is OK. Guitars get it while Gaga survives being a bad kid. Very kicky and fun. Playground entertainment. I like this one.
“Bloody Mary” … Comfortable Gaga. More religious instruction and notification. Mid-tempo and slightly dark. Add screaming and some wonderful moments around 2:45. It’s a keeper.
“Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)” … This should have been called “Road to Love.” Driving Gaga. Some drama drops around 1:39 with drums and continues to build until the end. I enjoyed this.
“Scheiße” … German and delicious. I enjoyed this from first grab of the musical balls and initial tug. Sassy with textures. Very, very fun. Up! Up! Love this stunner. The erratic layers at 2:48 are sick.
I can’t wait to see how Lady Gaga’s album does on Tuesday when it officially drops! It’s going to be huge! More tracks will be released but I must give you a chance to form some opinion yourself! Thanks to Gaga for delivering us monsters new fuel for the fire. Ga-Ga Ohh-la-La.