When you are a mega-polarizing Pop Culture Goddess that is precisely what is expected of your music. Lady Gaga literally stormed the music scene with the release of her debut album in 2008 and from that point forward continued to build an empire around her music and image. Nothing less was expected from her with the release of her second full length album Born This Way out today. On the heels of such tremendous success however, Gaga’s confidence enabled her to risk unleashng artistic liberty. And it seems she changed up her style fairly dramatically, meaning Born This Way is either going to be an album you intensely love and relate to or one that disappoints you by the same measure. But with that type of effect one thing is certain, she has again created something as polarizing as it is controvesial which seems to be at the heart of the Lady Gaga brand.
The album takes on an edgier rock-like sound in general but is dominated by synth, retro loops. The overall package comes across more like plastic recycled music from the 1980’s where the likes of Cindy Lauper, Madonna and Pat Benatar ruled the female music scene. What is authentic however is the message she relays in her lyrics, continuing to encourage and challenge her “Little Monster” fans to be unashamed of who they are and find confidence in their unique individuality.
Stand out songs on the fourteen track album include “Americano” and “SchiBe” which emit a sensual international intrigue and flair. Both tracks are upbeat and catchy, “SchiBe” especially makes you wish you spoke or understood German so you could understand the full context of the message being relayed through the song. Gaga didn’t shy away from her religious fixation either on songs like the already released “Judas” and another track entitled “Bloody Mary”. Both taint the faith of religious believers by painting a more sarcastic and human distortion of it in lyrics that proclaim, “I’m gonna dance, dance, dance like Jesus said with my hands above my head.”
A few other songs that should catch attention include “Bad Kids” which features a very disco inspired chorus as well as “Heavy Mental Lover”, a Gaga-esque racy track that crosses between the trendy dub step loops that have made their way into pop songs recently and a more downbeat softer bassline.
Overall the album is a departure entirely from The Fame, so if you expected to hear that you will be dissatisfied. Lady Gaga has however managed to stay controversial on Born This Way, exploring new territory for her artistry and music. In my humble opinion it will succeed as an album but is by and large underwhelming and doesn’t live up to the potential many critics had hoped it would. Don’t take my word for it though you can obtain your own copy from all online digital retailers and stores now.