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Lady Gaga - Born This Way
CRITIC SCORE
71
Based on 20 reviews
2011 Rank: #413 / 867
USER SCORE
69
Based on
166 ratings

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83
Pretty Much Amazing

Born This Way is a work of art. Born This Way is trash. Either way, it’s more than just another pop album. The debate will only further cement Lady Gaga’s stardom.

82
Beats Per Minute

Born This Way is an assault of theatrics and 80s throwback. It’s fun, it’s cheesy, it’s everything a mainstream pop album should be.

80
NME
Rather than an exercise in hype, what ‘Born This Way’ really is an exercise in the pushing of everything to its ultimate degree. And for all the black, white and silver, it passes that test with flying colours.
80
Spin
While most 21st-century pop stars pulverize their imperfections into an Auto-Tuned slurry, she boldly wears her audacity like a meat dress. Lady Gaga certainly wasn't born this way, but she's making a convincing case that she's evolving into our most surreally brilliant pop star.
80
Rolling Stone

Gaga loves overheated cosmic statements for the same reason she loves dance pop and metal guitars – because she hears them as echoes of her twisted rock & roll heart. That's the achievement of Born This Way: The more excessive Gaga gets, the more honest she sounds.

80
Slant Magazine
When Gaga graduated to stadiums, her music clearly followed suit. There's nothing small about this album, and Gaga sings the shit out of every single track.
75
A.V. Club

Gaga’s commitment to her concept is strong enough that even when she stumbles—as she does repeatedly on Born This Way, particularly lyrically—she does so with panache, purpose, and a sly wink.

70
musicOMH

Born This Way's failure is that it tends to leave Lady Gaga behind in its quest for chart supremacy.

70
Drowned in Sound

Born This Way essentially finds Gaga doing more of the same but with a few new production tricks.

70
AllMusic

This drumbeat, pulsating as insistently as Eurodisco, is so persistent that there is an inevitable feeling of anticlimax upon hearing Born This Way for the first time and realizing that Lady Gaga has channeled her grand ambitions into her message, and not her music.

60
Consequence of Sound

Born This Way, then, is Gaga’s attempt to be more than just a pop culture phenomenon, a move toward the upper echelons of pop stardom.

60
No Ripcord

Born This Way isn’t a bad album by any means, it’s just that Gaga is so conscious of the image and message she projects that the music is no longer her top priority.

60
American Songwriter

Gaga only truly justifies the antics and the outfits when she ditches the shmaltz in favor of some grime, and her messages of non-conformity and social freedom ring truer in tunes with a bit of grit, as well.

50
PopMatters

Born This Way is one mighty confused pop album, fusing some daring songwriting with some remarkably repetitive themes and beats.

40
Sputnikmusic

Born This Way is basically The Fame filtered through the lens of The Fame Monster. There are more components and brief, brief flashes of brilliance, but most of the album is comprised of throw-away junk.

0
Tiny Mix Tapes
Think of this zero as the massive bedazzled orifice out of which our heroine has spawned a new era of popular culture. Think of it as a great American goose egg out of which now emerges a brave, new super-race of rebel losers.
truerowance
86
Gaga's strongest album is insanely good.
EMR
31
A terrible, completely uninspired pop record that is Gaga's worst detour yet.
exception
55
I threw up while listening to this, but it was the most fun I've ever had while throwing up.
FinalLifeline
88
The guiltiest of all guilty pleasures.
Also, the worst of all horrible album covers.
JustAReflektor
NR
half-motorcycle, half female head, all terrible music ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

yesterday i found $20 in the pocket of my sweatpants
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DETAILS

May 23, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / Label
Pop / Genres
www.ladygaga.com / Website
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# 6 - Rolling Stone
# 3 - Slant
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# 31 - The Guardian
Track List
  1. Marry the Night
  2. Born This Way
  3. Government Hooker
  4. Judas
  5. Americano
  6. Hair
  7. Scheiße
  8. Bloody Mary
  9. Bad Kids
  10. Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)
  11. Heavy Metal Lover
  12. Electric Chapel
  13. Yoü and I
  14. The Edge of Glory