November 22, 2009
10 Musical Thoughts: Gaga Edition
1 So Happy I Could Die is my favorite of Lady Gaga's new Fame Monster songs. That it's about rogering oneself does not hurt. I am all for that. I touch myself, can't get enough. It's also got a straightforward, no-frills vocal.
2 Which is one of my problems with Gaga: She tends toward vocal histrionics. The leak of Bad Romance was much purer on the chorus. And Speechless. WHAT is that drunken, slurry second verse? I realize she is singing about a drunk, but it would be more powerful without the overacting.
3 The new artwork is pleasingly economical - just simple, clean and iconic images. The Bad Romance video (watch it) is brilliant, but also a "kitchen sink" production, cramming every possible visual into five minutes, including heavy product placement. Gaga consistently gilds the lily. It's too much! Best bits? The polar bear cape (?) look with sunglasses, the final "crispy" shot and, of course, the crying moments (see above).
4 Bad Romance's chorus still sounds like Bon Jovi to me. I don't like the ga ga ga ga bits, but the song is catchy as fuck nonetheless.
5 My favorite part of Alejandro is easy: Ale-Alejandro, Ale-Alejandro
6 Monster reminds me of something... Backstreet Boys? What is it?
7 The spoken Vogue rip on Dance In The Dark is grating, especially the naff referencing of Jon Benet Ramsey. And she sounds like a 50 yr old - what's the deal with that? The song basically works though. Some very big 80's synth lines running through it.
8 Telephone is the kind of hip-pop hybrid I cannot tolerate.
9 I wonder why she didn't just add about 3 more songs and hold it for late spring? A full album. She was probably thwarted by suits ("too soon!") or didn't realize she'd be so "fertile" on the road.
10 Finally, the hype is out of control. At least it's possible in 2009. With 8 tracks, this is is not the album of the year. It's a solid piece of work, though not groundbreaking. I feel like all the "greatest this, greatest that" is really just excitement over the release. Simmer on it and see what you think in 2010.