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.
Born This Way's failure is that it tends to leave Lady Gaga behind in its quest for chart supremacy.
Born This Way essentially finds Gaga doing more of the same but with a few new production tricks.
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.
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.
Born This Way is one mighty confused pop album, fusing some daring songwriting with some remarkably repetitive themes and beats.
With her 2nd album we have again sounds that remind us the '80s. A revolutionary album for 2011.
It's an overproduced album. This is a great example that less is more
The album has some issues. It's cohesive sonically, but not conceptually. It's length seemed to bore some. It's over-simplified LGBT ideology lost her fans on both sides of the issue. Some found fault with the Reagan-era pop stylings, a departure from her earlier sound. Regardless, the album is surprisingly great. After a few listens, I forget the issues I had with it, and just ride off into the sunset. Cuz I'm a free bitch, baby.
Less would have been much, much more; 3-5 of these songs should have been B-sides and having more to drudge through damages the impact of some of the singles that truly do shine (though decidedly radio un-friendly, "Heavy Metal Lover" is a bombastic, racy anthem worthy of being placed alongside some of the artist's greatest work). *That and it looks like Gaga made the album cover at a mall photo booth.
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