"Born This Way" is a gay anthem, and it's very blunt in its message. Rather than having lyrics that people can figure out the meaning in/relate to, the meaning finds them and demands that they dance. A lot of the lines are good, and it should definitely speak to gay teens. Older people will want something that packs more of a punch or something more subtle. It has a very bubblegum sound. It sounds like a combination of Madonna's "Express Yourself" and Christian singer Rachel Lampa (it even mentions God, positively, a LOT). The "Express Yourself" thought came into one of our heads 45 seconds into the first listen, and the thought still isn't leaving. The song is very pop and generic. It doesn't sound edgy or creative or any of the other adjectives we've come to associate with Ms. Germanotta. We were looking for another "Bad Romance" and got a Jessica Simpson sound instead. Who knows though? Maybe it will grow on us, like most bad pop.
We love the idea of Gaga doing a gay anthem. We just wish this wasn't it. We hope the rest of the album is better than this.