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Friday, February 11, 2011

Lady Gaga - "Born This Way"

The number one song on iTunes right now is Lady Gaga's new single, "Born This Way", which was released today. What we've come to expect from Lady Gaga is an electronic, alternative pop sound (or a few rock ballads that she plays live), and we like that. That's the sound that made her a star. Also, she had subtle, clever, winking lyrics, not hit-you-over-the-head lyrics.

"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.


  1. I totally agree with you, it feels like Express Yourself, I'm not a big fan of GaGa but I expected more from she, this song is kinda sweet and I don't know but I can't find GaGa in any part of the song. But I think that it would be perfect for Glee.. Sorry my english I'm mexican and I can read it but it's hard to me to write it. Love your blog!

  2. Your English is fine! It turns out MOST people hear the Express Yourself similarity. It makes us wonder if anyone got to hear that song who could have told Gaga, "Hey, this song sounds too much like Madonna."

    Glee is doing it. They already got the rights.