Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’: What the Critics Say
On Tuesday, Lagy Gaga drops her latest album, Born This Way, and Billboard predicts high sales ranging from 450,000 to 750,000 copies. But what do the critics say?
Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield says the album - which explores themes of sex and religion, among other topics - is rife with sexier-than-ever lyrics. In 'Heavy Metal Lover,' he notes that she sings: "I want your whiskey mouth/ All over my blond south."
As for the sound, Jon Pareles of The New York Times says: "The album has abundant echoes of the 1980s: not just Madonna, Lady Gaga's obvious predecessor in many things, but also the heft and piano pounding of '80s heartland rock. Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band plays saxophone on two songs, and for the rafter-raising power ballad 'You and I,' Lady Gaga turned to Mutt Lange, who produced thickly layered tracks for Def Leppard in the 1980s. (Mr. Lange, in turn, brought in Brian May, the guitarist in Queen, the band whose song 'Radio Ga Ga' gave her a name.)"
Elysa Gardner of USA Today gave Born This Way **½ out of four stars, stating: "It's not always easy to distinguish between her creative ambition and her desire to simply sustain and milk our fascination." (She notes that Gaga's role model, Madonna, had singles that "had a freshness and genuine yearning that defied attempts to cast her as a mere provocateuse.")
And even though BBC Music's Ian Wade says that it is "certainly not the greatest album ever made," he notes that "it's a storming collection of high-concept pop brilliance designed to soundtrack every preposterously tremendous Gaga moment for the next 18 months."