Lady Gaga – Born This Way (Album Review)
Mama always told me to never judge a book by a cover. well, in this case, an album by its cover. Once the cover art for Born This way hit the Internet, I know people were as freaked out as I seeing a motorcycle with a Gaga head. It really just reminded me of Thomas the train, or those creepy face airplanes from PBS. When it comes to Lady Gaga’s music, I wasn’t too fond of her first two albums. I would listen to them once and throw them away. they say third times a charm, so let’s see what she brings to the table.
1. Marry the Night
2. Born This Way
3. Government Hooker
8. Bloody Mary
9. bad Kids
10. Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)
11. Heavy Metal Lover
12. Electric Chapel
13. Yo and I
14. the Edge of Glory
Let’s take away the notion that she stole the music style of Madonna for a second and lets focus on the production of the album. I actually like the 80s fusion that the album possesses. you still get the traditional pop songs, but the 80s tracks are what makes the album stand out from the previous albums. Songs like Hair, Born This way, and the Edge of Glory are probably the songs because of its instrumentation. I mean, the saxophone solo in the Edge of Glory is super dope and I give kudos for Gaga for actually putting classic musicians on her album. Heavy Metal Lover is my idish
Her vocals and lyrics for the album are still average as far as pop goes. She gives us times when she shows off her voice, but you also get plenty of those robot echo effects that seem to be standard in every pop song. As far as her lyrics, they are richer in content (we will talk about this later), but at times I have no idea what she’s talking about. Maybe it’s the fact that some of the songs don’t relate to me. I also hate how she makes repetitive choruses and bridges, but that’s how you make a hit. A hit that is easy to memorize.
The reason why I like this album is because she’s constructively using her voice instead of making superficial pop songs like Paparazzi. With 10 million followers on Twitter, she should use her music to reach out to her fans with something conceptual. Throughout the album, Gaga reminds people to never care what others think of you. She makes the average fan a super star in their right. Since she has gone through the same put downs and bullying that some kids go through growing up, Born This way gives them ammunition to keep a higher self-esteem. Songs like Born This way and bad Kids are evidence of this message.
If you are a fan of pop, you should get this album. I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, but this is the first album from her where I don’t mind listening to the album over and over again. This one stays out of the recycling bin.