ARTPOP

Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2013 Ratings: #837 / 959
User Score
Based on 741 ratings
2013 Ratings: #377
November 11, 2013 / Release Date
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Interscope / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

For once, Gaga’s quotidian performance-art stunts can be heard in the sound of her music: ARTPOP brims with blindingly vivid, jubilantly executed, idiosyncratic pop.

80
Exclaim!

ARTPOP is a dynamic, memorable album that, while it fails to unveil the girl behind the aura, reveals a performer who finally sounds as invested in her art as she is in her image.

80
Time Out London
Her Ladyship didn’t earn her worldwide superstar status through mere pastiche. The basic elements might not be new, but the triumph of ‘Artpop’ is that it mixes its palette of influences in such entertaining ways.
75
Entertainment Weekly
As art, it falls short when it comes to one basic function: making an impression.
70
AllMusic

The concept is artful and logical, yet ARTPOP never insinuates or settles in the subconscious; it always assaults, determined to make an impression even when all it has to say is that it doesn't have much to say.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Regardless of its unjustified aspirations, the album does feature a sizeable portion of well-composed, well-produced pop songs, which run the gamut from summery Eurodance (“Fashion”) to anthemic rock-lite (“MANiCure”), and which do more or less what would’ve been expected of them if it hadn’t have been for the unfortunate title.

60
Spin

The great tragedy of ARTPOP, though, comes from those moments that sound not just flat, but deflated

50
Sputnikmusic

Artpop is the third album by pop recording artist Lady Gaga. Therefore it has similarities to her previous work but is inherently different because it is a different album.

50
Consequence of Sound

That refusal to experiment as wildly as she once did reads as fear, and a pop star who’s afraid ends up sounding like the once-weird Lady Gaga does on ARTPOP: boring and normal.

50
Drowned in Sound

Whether you’re an excitable tweenybopper, a hedonistic club-thumpin’ 20-something, or someone who usually listens to post-ambient quasi-retro dronecore and is frankly out of his depth reviewing such a prominent mainstream record, ARTPOP is a decidedly patchy ‘Just Dance’-less disappointment.

43
A.V. Club

For as flamboyant as she is, Gaga’s never lacked sincerity; ARTPOP’s lack of substantial personal connection and its tenuous grasp on reality makes it a tough record to like.

40
musicOMH

ARTPOP strikes all the right poses for Lady Gaga’s vociferous fanbase to proclaim it as a work of genius. Taken in a wider context, however, it’s a depressing testament to how moribund pop music is at the moment. 

40
PopMatters

With Artpop, Gaga sounds confused, disengaged, and at its worst, just downright bored. She’s never been one to give us the generic, but for all its lofty ambitions, Artpop never rises above the level of sideshow curiosity, lost in its own sense of meaning and self-importance.

truerowance
75
Gaga's flopped album isn't a total mess, actually, it's pretty good.
exception
45
why does lady gaga always take her gifted talent of singing and just throw it away? she really is a brilliant singer, but then she messes with her inflection and autotune, and really just fucks it all up. the production on this album was solid, even enjoyable to a certain point, but they get to become very repetitive. she really can sing, but has yet to show that on a commercial project (aside from maybe cheek to cheek) what she has show in live performances and even the goddamn national ... read more
thegeecyproject
71
Artpop feels like a more disjointed album compared to Lady Gaga’s previous efforts. Every album prior to this came together with a consistent sound and a focus on building a new side of Gaga’s persona. Artpop doesn’t quite have the same focus. Her Artpop could mean anything, indeed.

Instead, the album jumps all over the place musically. I remember hearing “Jewels N Drugs” for the first time and thinking that someone randomly changed the album. But for the most ... read more
lukassantiago3
63
"ARTPOP" is amazing about his visual but chessy as hell about lyrics.
Leo_AV
78
This album has the best and worst of Lady Gaga. Majestic songs and others that are like to bury them and never ever hear again, and I'm not talking about "Do What U Want". In this album are the 2 worst songs of Lady Gaga and the one for me is her second best song. We all had high expectations of what would be his new album, after "Born This Way", which was something almost impossible to overcome. Being a big fan of her, when I heard him put me in a difficult decision, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Aura
  2. Venus
  3. G.U.Y. (Girl Under You)
  4. Sexxx Dreams
  5. Jewels N’ Drugs feat. T.I., Too Short, and Twista
  6. Manicure
  7. Do What U Want feat. R. Kelly
  8. Artpop
  9. Swine
  10. Donatella
  11. Fashion!
  12. Mary Jane Holland
  13. Dope (Formerly I Wanna Be With You)
  14. Gypsy
  15. Applause
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