Since I am the resident Gaga Expert 'round these parts,
Here is my review of "Born This Way."
I have to say, some of my speculations about the album were wrong. And I'm happy about it. My original idea was that it was going to be this All-American pop-rock album, dance-ified a bit. And I was wondering if maybe I might not like it so much, but since I do have a LOT of faith in Gaga, I decided not to worry, because she can basically do no wrong in my eyes (musically/artistically).
Of course, she blew my mind yet again. She has evolved onto an entirely different level. The hard work she put into this is clearly evident.
I also understand the cover art now (cuz I'll admit, before I was kinda like "wtf"). It's because this album is just plain BADASS. And what represents "BADASS," anthemic, cutting-edge, gutsy, & dangerous? A souped-up motorcycle with Gaga's head on it? Yeah, it's making more sense now.
I used to have some doubts about her - what her religious outlook was, specifically; her stance on feminism (which for me was improved with "The Fame Monster", with songs like "Dance In The Dark", "Alejandro" and "Monster"), but with "Born This Way," there is not a trace of doubt left in my mind.
"Scheiße" is such a feminist anthem. The English lyrics, anyway. I'm not sure why part of the lyrics are German...Gaga is Italian-American, and her boyfriend isn't German-American either, as far as I know. With a name like Lüc Carl, and with his looks, I doubt his background is German. However, MY background, looks, and name are very German-American.....I'm telling you, we're connected by the brains somehow. She's stolen plenty of my ideas already. Add to that a part-German feminist dance-pop anthem and my scarily accurate Gaga senses, and you have a pretty good case.
"Government Hooker." There was a lot of Little Monster anticipation for this track, and I am pleasantly surprised by it. Definitely some Marilyn Manson inspiration in there.
"Hair." I liked it when I listened to it once before, but now I LOVE it. It gets you so AMPED. It's a feel-good anthem. Living free, loving people for who they are, and not outcasting them as "freaks."
Let's be serious. This world IS falling apart. Global warming keeps royally fucking us over with catastrophic events. Women are still considered property in some countries. Others are killing each other because of religious differences. Homophobia still exists, gays in America are still denied their rights, and Gaga is HELPING (along with other media influences like LOGO, which provides plenty of gay TV and has lots of viewers - I mean, it's owned by MTV, of course it does.)...Gaga is helping more people to change their minds about gay equality in America. It's really quite amazing, and I am very happy about it. I want my kids to grow up in a less-homophobic environment than I did.
But, yeah. Gaga understands that we need a more peaceful world. Kids are killing themselves because they can't find acceptance around them or within themselves. She wants to tell us that we should love ourselves. That will bring the world more peace in the long run.
"Heavy Metal Lover." HOLY FUCK SO AMAZING OMG OMGAGA LOVE LOVE LOVE. <3 <3 <3
(also some feminism in that song as well)
"Marry The Night." Awe-inspiring. I see the meaning as accepting yourself for who you are, and loving yourself the way you are. Being strong, pushing through all the insecurity and self-doubt. Marrying the night - finding comfort in the dark - giving you the courage to push through all the rejection, pressure, and other bullshit life throws at you.
"Bloody Mary." more feminism, more exposing Christianity for what it really is = increased love for Gaga for me.
"Bad Kids." A song with a great message - it's okay to fuck shit up. You're just HUMAN. You're not REALLY bad, it's just your parents and your teachers and your bosses and society in general telling you how bad you are. <3 Love.
"Highway Unicorn (Road 2 Love)". Another great song. Escape from the oppression and the negativity, perseverance through struggle. And in the end, being rewarded with love. Love for yourself and others.
"Electric Chapel." Love. Sultry, blasphemous, a Kylie Minogue-inspired tempo, with some NIN-inspired sounds thrown in, and fabulous vocals.
"Judas." Yeah, we all know how awesome this song is already.
Same with "Born This Way."
I like the rest of the songs that I didn't mention too, but I don't feel like typing anymore.
Summary: It is a perfect concept album, and I identify with its message. I can dance to and sing every song, it's inspiring, energetic, and positive. While still being BADASS. Every song is perfectly written and produced, and the vocals are so en pointe. Definite win.
Current Music: what do you think.