This, my friends, is the Lady Gaga I love.
Lady Gaga’s new album, Joanne
I once watched a Gaga sitting at a piano, singing her face off. Sure, she was wearing a dress made of bubbles. But it was her voice that grabbed my attention.
And in this new album, which comes five years after her last good album, it’s her voice that is front and center. Gone are the costumes and gimmicks, and we’re left with a stripped down Gaga.
While I had trouble pinning down exactly what sound Gaga was going for with “Joanne,” (she wavers between soft-rock, country, and piano bar), I found the connectivity in her songs was in the writing, which was raw, gritty and open.
Joanne is Gaga stripped down. The writing is raw, gritty and open.
There are so many odd little gems on this album, from “John Wayne” which nods to Paula Cole and asks where all the cowboys have gone, to “Sinner’s Prayer” which has a classic country narrative sound (and reminds me a lot of Bey’s “Daddy’s Lessons”). My favorite has to be the cookoo crazy duet with Florence Welch, “Hey Girl.” It’s screaming Prince and I love it!!!
You can also catch Lady Gaga live performances at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show earlier this month too.
It’s so refreshing to see Gaga let her talent speak for itself, without all the kerfuffle in the way.
Must Listens: “Hey Girl,” “Joanne” & “Perfect Illusion”
Score: 4.5 out of 5