Technically this is only the second studio album by Lady Gaga. Its true she has put out a slew of EPs and Remix Compilations but only two studio albums. So, needless to say this has been getting a fair amount of pub especially after her release of the insanely popular and catchy title track.
The album certainly has its hits. “Born This Way”, “Heavy Metal Lover”, and “Marry the Night” are all pretty solid tracks. They each have their own style that is consistent from start to finish. “Electrical Chapel” also has a good presence with its big beat and well blended synth. “Scheiße” is another example of a well thought out track that mixes different styles and sounds into a single song. It has a solid beat with just the right mix of pop. The song really comes together nicely and just “works.”
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the rest of the album. Listening to “Americano”, it feels like she just got lazy. Its samples of the classic Rosemary Clooney tune “Mambo Italiano” and “Poker Face” with little tweaking. It doesn’t just stop there though. Bad Kids starts out trying to be just that, rough and tumble and in your face. It immediately falls into syrupy 80s pop synth. Although I don’t have a problem with exploring different styles within the same song, it just doesn’t work very well in this case. “You and I” is another confusing offering. I get the feeling she didn’t get her fill of country music when she released “Born This Way (The Country Road Version).” Its a departure from her style and sounds like it should be sung by Shania Twain not Lady Gaga.
All told, the album was 50/50 for me. Some tracks that I liked, some I didnt. I feel its an average album, which is really a shame. Love her or hate her, Lady Gaga is a talented musician and has the chops to knock it out of the park. She just didn’t bring her A game. Now does that along with my review really matter? No it wont. In fact she will sell the crap out of this album. Maybe it says a lot about her abilities to market herself or how she can intertwine her music with her persona/philosophy. Either way, this album will go platinum (actually, it might have already happened).