Article first published as Music Review: Lady Gaga â€“ Born This Way on Blogcritics.
Lady Gaga has released her second album, Born This Way and itâ€™s a roller coaster of emotions. She sings for the underdogs, takes you clubbing and teaches you life lessons all while giving the her little monsters a little pop, rock and alternative music that is so very 80â€™s. Lady Gaga touches on all her favorite topics: men, religion, sex and politics.
Lady Gaga begins her album with â€œMarry The Night,â€ an ode to NYC, which is her stomping ground. Eerie church bells mixed with a touch of piano add to a cool upbeat tempo that will have you singing along, to “Ma-Ma-Ma-Marry The Night.” It could be her next single with its poppy sound. â€œBad Kidsâ€ is also a club song. Itâ€™s for the fans, all those people who donâ€™t get a chance, “donâ€™t be insecure, if your heart is pure” she sings.
Unless you live under a rock or don’t have a radio and havenâ€™t heard Lady Gagaâ€™s first single, â€œBorn This Wayâ€ is an anthem for loving yourself with a pumping beat (almost makes me want to fist pump, but I wonâ€™t). Lady Gaga has mixed pop with an edgy rock style. â€œJudasâ€ gives us a rock sound that Lady Gaga has been leaning towards lately, but the song softens into another dance mix. Although â€œJudasâ€ has a religious theme it can apply to anything in life, sometimes you should do the good thing, but end up doing the bad thing that you shouldnâ€™t be doing. Itâ€™s a life lesson!
â€œAmericanoâ€ sounds like a political song about gay marriage. Lady Gaga dips into her bag of tricks and pulls out some Spanish lyrics for us and she gives the song some flavor with a mariachi band. â€œHairâ€ was one of the last songs Lady Gaga tried to push out before her album came out. This track is about freedom, just like her hair. Itâ€™s about living like hair and changing up her life and hair to feel cool and belong.
â€œGovernment Hookerâ€ is a bit offbeat. It feels like it doesnâ€™t really belong on an otherwise cohesive album. It does nothing for the album. â€œHighway Unicornâ€ almost sounds like a Britney Spears song at the beginning. It has the feeling of the album with its pop sound on the chorus, but the rest is just too mix and match for me!
â€œScheibeâ€ starts off with Lady Gaga talking in German, but enters into a dance/electronic song. â€œBloody Maryâ€ actually has a very 80s sound. When Lady Gaga scowls it adds such a creepy dark element to the song. The song also has a religious theme.
â€œHeavy Metal Loverâ€ is what I would call soft core metal, unlike what the title says. And yet â€œElectric Chapelâ€ starts off more heavy metal, with those gong church bells Lady Gaga likes so much!
Lady Gaga ends the album with two love songs one for her boyfriend (now her ex, Luc Carl or “Nebraska” as she calls him) and her grandfather. In the love song â€œYou and I,â€ she asks her old love to come back in a country style song. You can hear a vulnerability in Lady Gaga that you donâ€™t hear much in all her underdog anthems, plus she uses her singing pipes in this song. She left behind some of the synthesizers she has in other songs.
Finally, â€œThe Edge of Gloryâ€ is a song for Lady Gagaâ€™s grandfather who passed away recently. The theme is about love with a significant other, even though itâ€™s for her grandfather. There is a sax solo from saxophonist Clarence Clemons on the track.
Lady Gaga has some outrageous moments from wearing a meat dress to showing up to the Grammyâ€™s in a “vessel” aka her egg, but the music still stands. She is relatable and not as extreme as you would expect. She pulls from legends like Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and even a little Whitney. Overall an upbeat album with cool rock songs that only Lady Gaga could pull off!