Excellent, crap-cutting review of the new Lady Gaga album in the Times (subscription required, I’m afraid), from their music main man Will Hodgkinson.
“Born This Way is the album equivalent of a finely cooked meal with a load of tomato ketchup splurged all over it. It’s full of nice ideas, but they are inevitably subsumed under the all-powering but bland ingredient of Nineties Euro dance. Something original and interesting will start up but, before you know it, a familiar thud-thud beat bludgeons it into non-existence.”
That quotation really gets to the nub of the issue about Ms. Germanotta: everyone fusses over her image, and liberating values, and forgets how unoriginal her music is. I listen to her music and my jaw drops, not out of shock at its experimentation (of which there is none), but in surprise at how she is championed as a saviour of pop music. I’ve heard a keener sense of melody in songs by ‘N Sync.