On May 23 was the long-awaited debut of Lady Gaga’s third album, Born This Way. Today will be a track-by-track of the album, similar to a couple weeks ago. This review is of the deluxe version of the album, which has the added tracks Black Jesus † Amen Fashion, Fashion of His Love, and The Queen. The second CD that comes with the deluxe version is of some remixes, which may be reviewed on a later date.
1. Marry The Night: Slow piano ballad speeds up into an exciting uptempo Gaga hit. Should definitely be a single. 10/10
2. Born This Way: Everyone knows this song. Upbeat “be yourself” anthem that debuted at #1. 10/10
3. Government Hooker: Very different, feels like a darker version of something from The Fame. But definitely a fun listen. 9/10
4. Judas: Gaga’s worst-charting single sounds like a futuristic Bad Romance…and I think it’s gotten a worse rep than it deserves. 9/10
5. Americano: An incredibly exciting, fun, theatrical listen. Sounds like something that should be on a Lady Gaga Broadway, gay-rights version of West Side Story. Another good single candidate, though risky. 10/10
6. Hair: Yet again, another single choice, it’s like an electro-pop version of older rock, though the message and lyrics that keep it alive and better each listen. 10/10
7. Scheiße: With a pseudo-German hook driving it, the overwhelming pounding beat is perfect for dance floors everywhere. 10/10.
8. Bloody Mary: Very strange, oddly creepy melody. Could please the fans, but alienating to anyone who’s not a Little Monster. 6/10
9. Black Jesus † Amen Fashion: Not anything very special, and Gaga would do well to quit mentioning Jesus everywhere. 7/10
10. Bad Kids: The guitar sounds like AC/DC, but what makes it special is that it’s an ode to all her Little Monsters. To those who aren’t, though… 8/10
11. Fashion of His Love: A beautiful tribute to Alexander McQueen, also a great love song. 9/10
12. Highway Unicorn (Road to Love): A song about Gaga, which fittingly exemplifies everything Gaga. Besides, who doesn’t love unicorns? 10/10
13. Heavy Metal Lover: Fittingly sounds like a pop version of heavy metal, and is a delight to listen to. 9/10.
14. Electric Chapel: Very catchy song with a very nice beat. 10/10
15. The Queen: While it should be an incredible pop song, it drags on just a bit too long… 8/10
16. Yoü and I: While it features Brian May of Queen, this song doesn’t feel as sincere as it does live. But still, 10/10
17. The Edge of Glory: Probably Gaga’s best vocal performance, as well as her current single, there couldn’t have been a more perfect finish to the album. 10/10
Overall, this album is a production in which Gaga refuses to hold back in the slightest, and the result is a beautifully-crafted pop masterpiece. While mathematically it gets a 9, the tracks that do great are so incredibly done that I have to give it a 10/10. Gaga’s outdone herself here, and this is an album so very worth getting.
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